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MAY 3, 2008 EST, USA
VOL. 9, NO. 28


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Sri Lanka sets up political council for war-torn North, Saturday May 3 2008. COLOMBO: In a significant concession to the ethnic minorities, the Sri Lankan government on Friday set up a multi-party political council to advice on the administration of development and rehabilitation projects in the war-torn Northern Province, which includes Jaffna and the districts under the control of the Tamil Tiger rebels.

Cabinet spokesman Anura Priyadarshana Yapa said the high-powered three-man council, called the Special Task Force (STF), would be headed by the cabinet minister for social services, Douglas Devananda. It would include the minister for rehabilitation, Rishad Badiuddin, and senior presidential advisor and MP Basil Rajapaksa.

The three members belong to three different parties, and represent the three main communities in the island, namely, Tamil, Muslim and Sinhalese. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sat May 3 09:00:34 EDT 2008

Sri Lanka media watchdog slams govt, Tamil Tigers, 03 May, 2008. May 03, 2008 (LBO) – Sri Lanka's Free Media Movement (FMM) has said media freedom in the island remains under threat by both parties to the internal conflict, the government and the Tamil Tigers. In a World Press freedom day statement, the media watchdog urged an immediately halt to all threats, harassment, abductions and attacks against media practitioners and outlets currently being perpetrated by all parties to the conflict.

"It is with deep disquiet that the Free Media Movement recognises the World Press Freedom Day that falls today," the statement said.

"This day is almost a cruel joke in a country farther away from meaningful press freedom than it has ever been in living memory.

"Sri Lanka today is country at war where all parties to the on-going violent conflict treat media freedom and the freedom of expression, amongst other vital human rights, with scant regard."

The FMM also called on the government to undertake complete, transparent and timely investigations into the murder of media practitioners and death threats issued against media practitioners and their families. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sat May 3 22:01:08 EDT 2008 Back to the top

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