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...

Violent attack against journalist, Freddy Gamage

Freddy Gamage, a journalist with whom the Sri Lanka Campaign has worked closely over the past 4-5 years, has been violently attacked. He remains at risk. Freddy, a web journalist and convener of the Professional Web Journalists Association, has played a key role in...

The State media’s vicious attacks on human rights activists

The state owned television station – Independent Television News (ITN) – have been using their platform to attack human rights defenders. The targets of these attacks have included prominent heads of NGOs, lawyers, journalists, clergy, academics and...

The exhaustion of living in fear

This piece was written by a young British student who conducted a gap year placement with a Sri Lankan broadsheet some time ago. Little has changed since. “What you have to remember is that journalism is a crusade.” This comment, offered to me in my final days with my...