Sri Lankan media under fire, entangled in politics

[Reuters]

Sri Lanka’s media is paying a heavy price after getting entangled in a political struggle between President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s ruling coalition and an opposition with few means to challenge his leadership. Events in Sri Lanka have grabbed more world headlines than usual so far this year. First, for a string of military victories over the Tamil Tiger separatists that have raised the prospect of an end to the island’s 25-year war and brought Rajapaksa a popularity windfall.

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