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  Telephone link to Vanni, most of peninsula, cut off
 
   1/2/2007
Telephone lines to Vanni and most of Jaffna have remained cut for more than four days since Saturday 10:55 p.m. Financial transactions in many branches of the banks have been paralyzed, fundamental services such as hospital ambulances, civil services and media, dependent on telephone communication have been severely affected. Vanni, without celluar link, remains completely cut off for communication. A group of Sri Lanka Army soldiers who visited Vavuniya Telecom Saturday evening had instructed the technicians to accompany them towards the communication exchange at Madukanda, 4 km southeast of Vavuniya town, and shut down the telephone link to Vanni
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  International journalist community lobbies for release of Sri Lankan
 
   1/2/2007
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has been joined by press freedom and journalists' organisations around the world in demanding the release of Sri Lankan journalist Munusamy Parameshawary (23), who has been detained without charge by the Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) for more than 60 days.
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  Internet facilities and 8,000 telephones cut off in Jaffna Peninsula
 
   30/1/2007
The Free Media Movement (FMM) is deeply disturbed to learn that basic communications facilities to the Jaffna Peninsula have been blocked from 28th January 2007. Internet facilities and around 8,000 landline telephones of Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) are dysfunctional to date. SLT, jointly owned by the Sri Lankan Government and Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corporation (NTT) of Japan, is the sole Internet provider in Jaffna Peninsula with a population of around 600,000 according to official statistics.
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  IFJ mounts campaign to free journalist Parameshwary
 
   30/1/2007
TamilNet, Tuesday, 30 January 2007, 12:13 GMT] International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and Free Media Movement (FMM) together with other journalists organisations Monday launched an International and national campaign to release journalist Parameshawary who has been detained in Sri Lanka prison for seventy days without trial, civil sources in Colombo said. She was arrested under the draconian Prevention of Terrorism (PTA) act. The authorities have filed no charges and have failed to establish any links with terrorist activity, the letter of appeal says.
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  Internet facilities and 8,000 telephones cut off in Jaffna Peninsula
 
   30/1/2007
Internet facilities and 8,000 telephones cut off in Jaffna Peninsula The Free Media Movement (FMM) is deeply disturbed to learn that basic communications facilities to the Jaffna Peninsula have been blocked from 28th January 2007. Internet facilities and around 8,000 landline telephones of Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) are dysfunctional to date. SLT, jointly owned by the Sri Lankan Government and Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corporation (NTT) of Japan, is the sole Internet provider in Jaffna Peninsula with a population of around 600,000 according to official statistics
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  RSF presses for Jaffna newspapers
 
   30/1/2007
Daily Mirror- The international press freedom group Reporters without Borders (RSF) yesterday urged donor countries and agencies meeting in Galle to ensure newsprint was delivered to Jaffna so that the northern city’s newspapers would be able to carry out their vital role of informing the public.
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  Journalist alleges police assault on family
 
   30/1/2007
Daily Mirror-By Kurulu Kariyakarawana A top level inquiry is being conducted after Rivira Defence Journalist Tissa Ravindra Perera and his family were allegedly assaulted by several policemen from the Homagama Police on Sunday.
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  Acute shortage of newsprint in Jaffna undermines freedom of expression
 
   29/1/2007
ARTICLE 19 and the 11 other members of the International Press Freedom and Freedom of Expression Mission to Sri Lanka have written to the Sri Lankan authorities in advance of next week’s Tokyo Donors Conference, to be held in Galle, urging them to allow newsprint and ink to be transported into Jaffna, so that the city’s publications are able to carry out their vital activity of informing the public. A copy of the letter has also been sent to the participants of the Tokyo Donors conference. Toby Mendel, ARTICLE 19 Law and Asia Programmes Director, said:
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  Media group urges release of Tamil journalist
 
   26/1/2007
A New York-based media rights group yesterday urged Sri Lanka to either free or bring charges against a Tamil journalist detained under tough anti-terror laws.
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  International and national solidarity for release of Parameswaree - 31st January 207
 
   25/1/2007
The IFJ is supporting the Free Media Movement in Sri Lanka in a day of action on Wednesday January 31, calling for the release of Munusamy Parameshwaree, 23, a female journalist with Sinhala weekly Mawbima, who has been held without charge by the Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) since she was detained in Wellawatta on November 22 last year.
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  Situation of Media and Journalism in the Jaffna Peninsula - January 2007
 
   25/1/2007
The situation of the media and journalism in Jaffna deteriorated considerably in 2006. Journalists face increasing challenges in reporting killings, abductions disappearances, most of which are carried out for political and military reasons.
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  Freedom Expression in Sri Lanka ,Six recommendations to secure Freedom of Expression in Sri Lanka
 
   25/1/2007
Prepared by Free Media Movement (FMM) on behalf of five journalists organizations, namely the Sri Lanka Working Journalists Association (SLWJA), Federation of Media Employees Trade Unions (FMETU), Sri Lanka Muslim Media Forum (SLMMF) and Sri Lanka Tamil Media Alliance (SLTMA)
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  Heed journalists’ complaints
 
   25/1/2007
Daily Mirror- It was against the backdrop of dark clouds that seem to be ominously gathering on media freedom that journalists gathered on Tuesday opposite Fort Railway Station in a peaceful protest demonstration. Despite the repeated assurances of maximum media freedom given by those at the helm of affairs, killing, intimidation, harassment and unofficial censorship are increasingly becoming threats the journalists have to contend with today.
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  Journalists call for media freedom
 
   24/1/2007
TamilNet, Wednesday, 24 January 2007, 12:50 GMT] The journalists in Sri Lanka staged a demonstration in front of the Fort Railway Station, Colombo around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, condemning the intimidation of media persons and media institution and stressing the freedom of expression.
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  Female journalist Mawnasamy Parameshawaree detained for another 30 days
 
   24/1/2007
The Free Media Movement (FMM) is deeply concerned and vigorously condemns the continued custody of Mawnasamy Parameshwaree (23), a female freelance journalist working for the weekly Sinhala Newspaper Mawbima (www.mawbima.org), who is in police custody for 60 days without any charges against her. After producing her in Court on 23rd January , we note that Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) obtained an extension to her detention order for another 30 days.
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  Held without charge, Sri Lankan journalist sees detention extended 90 days
26/1/2007

New York, January 24, 2007—The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the Sri Lankan government to bring charges against detained Tamil reporter Maunasámi Parameswaree or release her.
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  Mob attack on media has worrying implications for democracy in Sri Lanka
11/1/2007

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is shocked by the latest media-targeted violence targeted in Sri Lanka which saw two journalists and a photographer injured when an unruly mob of hundreds of people disrupted a public rally at Nugegoda, Colombo on January 9.
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  Independent voices being silenced in Sri Lanka
9/1/2007

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is deeply concerned about the steady erosion of press freedom in Sri Lanka, following reports of the media being denied access to war zones, incidents of self-censorship and intimidation, and news journalists were forced to flee the country out of fear for their safety.
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