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The United States has expressed concern over the challenges being faced by journalists in Sri Lanka and says that such an environment was taking its toll on the journalism profession and the public at large.

“Unfortunately, recent times have been challenging for journalists in Sri Lanka. Such an environment takes its toll on the journalism profession,” Valerie Fowler, Deputy Chief of Mission of the US Embassy for Sri Lanka and Maldives, said.

“People fear reporting the truth; they hesitate before writing or producing stories and consequently self-censor their reporting; or they succumb to the bribes and influence pervasive in the environment around them,” she said in her keynote address at the graduation ceremony of the College of Journalism.

In the process, such an environment also takes its toll on the public at large and on democratic traditions as a whole, Fowler said.


  Comments - 20

  • Friday, 05 March 2010 10:22 PM

    A free and independent press, is a cornerstone of democracy. It is the freedom of the press that makes a country's leadership accountable to its people, every single day - not just for a few weeks, before election day. If the people believe that 'democracy' is merely about electing someone to the parliament, every five years, then, sadly, they will be condemned to live under a 'dictatorship,' until the next election.

    Saturday, 06 March 2010 03:55 AM

    What is responsible reporting? Hiding the truth and telling everything else.

    Saturday, 06 March 2010 02:58 AM

    Dear Sarath, don't say yes to a government which tries to suppress media, one day it would affect not only to me, to a strong supporter like you as well.

    Saturday, 06 March 2010 02:57 AM

    No point of talking those things to this government. Government needs country without free media, then their misappropriations would not be revealed.

    Saturday, 06 March 2010 02:43 AM

    Few months ago they concerned about security of Prabakaran cornered in Mulative beach.

    Saturday, 06 March 2010 02:38 AM

    Right - all because the US didn't allow journos into t\a high security prison, let's go around kill our journos in our place!!

    Saturday, 06 March 2010 02:36 AM


    They have to make a start somewhere. We, the ordinary people, supposedly spoke for our selves by voting 60% for Rajapakse. In essence, we asked for it!

    Saturday, 06 March 2010 01:27 AM

    dont believe sams. Its better to trust changs and singhs instead

    Saturday, 06 March 2010 12:59 AM

    With so much pressure on journalism public receive enough messages on what is going on in our country. Should the GOSL extrend complete freedom to journalists ........ sorry let me stop here.

    Saturday, 06 March 2010 12:36 AM

    Mind your own business U.S....

    Friday, 05 March 2010 04:01 PM

    True. But, it's no use pointing these things out to a populace which is not ready to look at itself critically.

    Friday, 05 March 2010 09:19 PM

    What about Vikram Buddhi, an Indian PHD student and teaching assistant at Purdue University, in US custody?

    Friday, 05 March 2010 09:17 PM

    'Other people's sins make mine look like noble deeds,' dont they?

    Friday, 05 March 2010 08:14 PM

    Sri Lanka - walking on the path of its new friends Iran, China, Myanmar & Libya.

    Friday, 05 March 2010 07:13 PM

    This is a country, full of ignorant people, who don't even know about their own rights. They are 'slaves' who love being 'slaves.'

    Friday, 05 March 2010 07:03 PM

    The US media is biased. Sure, they've got all the 'bells and whistles' and power to make them look good, around the world. But, the sad truth is that they don't report the whole truth. The US bombs those poor Afghans and Iraqis but their media never show the sick and dead, of these countries. This is the sad truth. The US media is more about ratings, than the truth!

    Friday, 05 March 2010 06:54 PM

    Journalism, is a revered profession of the world. It plays a great role in bringing enormous knowledge to readers, worldwide. But, some people who represent themselves as 'genuine journalists' make use of this profession, as a 'tool' to take revenge, on their rivals!

    Friday, 05 March 2010 06:45 PM

    At the same time we need responsible reporting, with supportive evidence, and not hearsay!

    Friday, 05 March 2010 05:32 PM

    What about the rights of us, the common men? No country is talking about us!

    Friday, 05 March 2010 04:15 PM

    Yeah! has the US completely forgotten the unfettered journalistic access they provided to Guantanamo? What a bogus hypocritical bunch is mouthing all this in Washington. Time our press counteracted with a few home truths instead of just reproducing these statements for their own self serving media interests,.

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