Can Sri Lanka turn a page on a decade of media repression?

Index Number: ASA 37/3231/2016

January is a month of remembrance for many of the families and friends of journalists, as it marks a time when many of them were killed or disappeared. Since the election of President Maithripala Sirisena in January 2015, Sri Lanka has shown a new willingness to acknowledge past abuses and commit to reforms, including making promises to combat the culture of impunity for threats and attacks on media workers. However, until the Sri Lankan government turns words into action, a culture of impunity for attacks and enforced disappearances of media workers will remain.

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