Facing censorship despite presidential promise

The Colombo Telegraph, Sri Lanka’s most iconoclastic investigative news website, is gearing up for this year’s second national election. And once again they face the threat of censorship – despite a presidential promise to bring it to an end. … More Facing censorship despite presidential promise

Blustering Colombo winds up the United Nations once too often

I thought it would come to nothing, but I was proven wrong. I underestimated the power of Colombo’s bluster to lose friends and influence where it mattered. The UN’s Human Rights Council in Geneva has voted to conduct an independent investigation into Sri Lanka’s conduct of the closing years of its long and bloody war … More Blustering Colombo winds up the United Nations once too often

The birth, death and rebirth of Sri Lanka’s habit of atrocity

The familiar pre-broadcast warning, “contains scenes of violence that some viewers may find disturbing”, was clearly insufficient for Tuesday’s UK TV documentary about war crimes committed in the final months of Sri Lanka’s civil war. Mobile phones documented the birth, death and rebirth of the habit of atrocity and murder of civilians in Sri Lanka. … More The birth, death and rebirth of Sri Lanka’s habit of atrocity