Rights Watchdog Says Global Political Freedom is Declining

[VOA] Freedom House rates countries as “free,” “partly free” or “not free.” The report says countries that had made progress toward freedom in recent years — such as Sri Lanka, Lebanon, Kenya and Kyrgyzstan — took “significant steps backwards.” In South Asia, the report says Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka experienced declines due to […]

Sri Lanka arrests six in connection with news Web site

[CPJ] The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by Sri Lankan Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa’s brazen public call yesterday to censor the media and reintroduce criminal defamation laws. The comments were published in a Sinhala-language interview by Sri Lanka’s largest weekly, Sunday Lankadeepa, according to Free Media Movement spokesman Sunanda Deshapriya and veteran Sri Lankan […]