Chilling effects under Sri Lanka’s new President

It’s been just under three weeks since Gotabaya Rajapaksa became President of Sri Lanka, and already there are some worrying signs of the chilling effect his victory is having on press freedom and civic space on the island. Several important commentators, from both...

Sri Lanka’s artistic community under attack (again)

The Sri Lanka Campaign is deeply concerned by news that yet another member of Sri Lanka’s artistic community is being subjected to persecution by Buddhist hardliners on the grounds of religious offence. Award-winning dramatist and radio playwright, Malaka Devapriya,...

Shakthika is free! (for now)

We are delighted to let you know the good news that Sri Lankan writer Shakthika Sathkumara has today been released from prison on bail. It means that after spending 130 days in detention – all because of a fictional short story that Shakthika posted to social...

Shakthika has been bailed. But he is not yet free.

This morning, jailed Sri Lankan writer Shakthika Sathkumara was granted bail by a High Court judge. It means that, once the bail order is signed by the judge and any bail conditions are met, Shakthika is likely to be released from police custody in the next day or so....