Tissa named for British award

23 March 2010 11:56 pm - 23     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Journalist JS Tissainayagam has been nominated for an international award. Tissainayagam, who is currently on bail, is among 16 international journalists nominated by British Press Awards under the International Journalist of the Year.

Journalists from Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Eritrea, Azerbaijan and Burma are among the other nominees.

"Winning a British Press Award is justly seen as the crowning achievement of any journalist's career - and just being shortlisted is to be set among the elite of the profession," a statement issued by the organisers said. The award ceremony is due to held in London on Tuesday.

Tissaianyagam was charged under terrorist laws, of causing disharmony among ethnic communities, and of raising money to fund 'terrorist' activities.
He was given the longest ever jail sentence on a journalist by courts in Sri Lanka who found him guilty.

"Although released on bail, Tissa remains afraid for his life and lives in isolation from his family and friends because of this fear," says one of his colleagues.

"He cannot practice his trade and simply has no life," he added. (BBC)

  Comments - 23

  • Wednesday, 24 March 2010 03:29 AM

    Congratulations Ms.Tissainayagam, You might as well stay permanently in England. Your work will be much appreciated by the World. SL does not deserve a journalist like you.

    Wednesday, 24 March 2010 01:02 PM

    Come on Tissa you joined witht he countries in Asia same like srilanka. Good keep on writings the rights of the tamils in srilanka.

    Thursday, 25 March 2010 07:47 PM

    Our journalists are recognised by foreign countries, but not by our own country.

    Wednesday, 24 March 2010 01:24 PM


    Wednesday, 24 March 2010 08:26 AM

    Tissa, this award is a bright light at the end of the dark tunnel and that will remain shining forever. All the best to you.

    Wednesday, 24 March 2010 04:23 AM

    Congratulations Tissa. Though you are not recognized in Sri Lanka the international community recognizes you as a hero. We know, you being a journalist, you have to write facts however much sour it would be for the authorities. You did that though the majority community did not like it. Anyway, our salute to you for being forth-right.

    Wednesday, 24 March 2010 08:56 AM

    Is this another US, UK and other western conspiracy against mighty Sri Lanka?

    Wednesday, 24 March 2010 08:59 AM

    We are the list of rogue regimes who violate basic human rights.

    Wednesday, 24 March 2010 03:21 PM

    Don't be surprised if the media minister comes up and utters it's another western conspiracy against SL.

    Wednesday, 24 March 2010 04:50 AM

    Honers have to be honored on the "Red Carpet"

    Wednesday, 24 March 2010 09:21 AM

    A prophet is never recognised in his own land! Congratulations Tissa. You are a man of courage!

    Wednesday, 24 March 2010 05:31 AM

    And NOBLE Prize for Gen Sarath Fomseka.

    Wednesday, 24 March 2010 05:36 AM

    Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Eritrea, Azerbaijan and Burma with Sri Lanka. All are popular for human right violations.

    Wednesday, 24 March 2010 10:30 AM

    No pain no gain, other journalists emulate instead of fleeing for life, out of the country!

    Wednesday, 24 March 2010 01:15 AM

    Can't say that anyone can blame him for this suspicion. We create mobsters by our wrong doings for personal glory. Those who suffer, bear scars for life. I know, cos I am one too

    Wednesday, 24 March 2010 01:16 AM


    Wednesday, 24 March 2010 05:53 AM

    There will be a big hue and cry for this cos it's coming from Britain

    Wednesday, 24 March 2010 11:08 AM

    Can Tissa sue GOSL for violating his human rights?

    Wednesday, 24 March 2010 09:39 PM

    For all the physical and mental torture, not to mention the humiliation, suffered by him, it is my humble opinion that no one deserves the International Journalist of the Year Award more, than Mr.J.S.Tissainayagam. I wish him well!

    Wednesday, 24 March 2010 11:24 AM

    Why not.........

    Wednesday, 24 March 2010 02:53 AM

    why am I not surprised?

    Wednesday, 24 March 2010 07:09 AM

    Not only Tissa, all other journalists who bring out the bitter truth should be honoured in this undemocratic country. Anyway we salute him for his brave acts.

    Wednesday, 24 March 2010 03:22 AM

    Dear sir your country doesn’t know your value they like who publish news and articles faring the government but we need people like you to take over our generation and our stability .
    We are proud of you and be very careful there will be lots of unhappy majority’s are there this what happen to our brilliant’s for last 60 years there still maintaining the same .

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