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Sri Lanka hits back Wednesday over claims it is clamping down on media freedom after criticism from rights groups and Washington for its shutting of opposition news websites.

“Look at the newspapers in Sri Lanka. Can you possibly say that there is no freedom of press in the country? There is so much,” Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Gamini Lakshman Peiris told reporters in Tokyo. “If you look at Sri Lankan newspapers, if you look at Sunday papers, they are full of the most abusive criticism, but nothing happens to those newspapers,” he said. Sri Lanka, which lifted a state of emergency last year after concluding a decades-long ethnic conflict in 2009, is now beginning “a new chapter in our history, an exciting chapter, full of hope and promise,” he said.

Colombo faced criticism after its police shut down opposition news websites and arrested nine employees, including several journalists, last Friday. The United States on Saturday joined rights groups in demanding Sri Lanka stop “harassing” media organisations. Peiris told reporters in Japan the police move was justified as a way to protect privacy and safeguard reputations. AFP


Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Gamini Lakshman Peiris speaks at a press conference in Tokyo on July 4, 2012. Peiris attended the World Ministerial Conference on Disaster Reconstruction in Tohoku held in the northen city of Sendai. AFP

 
 

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-33+202 # shantha madawela 2012-07-05 09:43
freedom only for Govt. reporters.......
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-23+87 # Shirley 2012-07-05 14:27
You are absolutely correct.
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-32+27 # Vis8 2012-07-05 20:43
It is the same in the great USA, too.........
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-42+181 # wedige 2012-07-05 09:45
Can you tell the same to Hilery directly ?

None of the SL news papers talk about the died prisner in Vavuniya !
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-58+87 # prasad 2012-07-05 10:56
Are you talking about the one who took 3 prison guards as hostages ?
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-4+41 # Coconut Donkey 2012-07-05 10:34
Good one Minister, asking the Japanese to 'look at the news papers in Sri Lanka'... am sure they are well versed in the our state of affairs...
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-10+107 # TMA 2012-07-05 10:40
Abusive criticism is there. Towards the opposition
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-15+96 # The Judge 2012-07-05 10:46
You are adding up Human Rights violations to your account
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-78+33 # Al Rasa 2012-07-05 10:54
Washington condones every misdeed done under the guise of
free media.
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-18+82 # Imran Hussein 2012-07-05 13:08
'Full of hope and promise'?. lol , Full of Dead Ropes and Broken Promises, you plonker.
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-21+11 # Dinithi 2012-07-05 20:31
Seems like your promises have been broken. I have great hopes and found promises. It really is not about the government. It is about your own ability.
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-11+0 # Chathuranga 2012-07-06 02:09
I salute you. Hope everyone else would learn to think in the same manner.
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-11+44 # sandeepa 2012-07-05 14:21
Another election is around the corner....he...he...he...he
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-4+32 # Nodrog 2012-07-05 15:23
Funny how the Opposition and the ruling Govt have opposite views on media freedom.
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-29+13 # Kiris Baba Amaray 2012-07-05 17:03
The Forieign Minister is very brave.
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-12+54 # Godagampala Rohana 2012-07-05 17:06
The entire world know that there is no Media Freedom. GL you cannot erase the black mark.
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-17+12 # Dinithi 2012-07-05 20:44
There is no media freedome in any country, US or UK. Otherwise wiki leaks should not have been blocked.
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-0+5 # Imran Hussein 2012-07-06 10:56
Someone has to explain you what media freedom is. Wiki leaks totally is another matter. Its baout US security. How we defended and reacted when channel 4 telecasted some disturbing clips? Dont mix up things.
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-36+17 # kalutaraboy 2012-07-05 17:13
what about US only allowed to opperate if they are friendly to them . What happend to PRESS TV in UK and US
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-24+14 # Lasi 2012-07-05 21:20
Yes. Prof. GL., point out how US banned wikileaks everywhere on its soil when wikileaks first revealed US committing war crimes with evidence. Point out what happened to Julian's funding sources and himself. Where on earth did someone with rape accusation get a GPS attached? It's the duty of media to show how so called democratic powers abuse media freedom and educate morons in our country about Utopic "media freedom"
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-6+4 # Mr. B Wijeyasingha 2012-07-06 07:31
The US media is not free and Sri Lanka should take a pro active role in countering the US charges by pointing to the media control in the US. Believe me there are plenty of media personnel who are not free to express their views in the US. China has taken a pro active role against the high handed imperialist attitude of Washington D.C.
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-0+3 # p.wijesekera 2012-07-06 11:49
Of course the press in Sri Lanka is free.They get killed if they displease certain people that is all.
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-0+3 # Sri Minnal 2012-07-06 12:48
Minister, Do you really mean there is a press freedom in your banana republic??
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