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Defence ministry brands media as “internal enemy” in war against Tamil Tigers

first_img News Receive email alerts Sri LankaAsia – Pacific Organisation News Help by sharing this information Sri LankaAsia – Pacific Sri Lanka: tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge June 7, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Defence ministry brands media as “internal enemy” in war against Tamil Tigers News July 15, 2020 Find out morecenter_img News Sri Lanka: Journalist manhandled by notorious police inspector currently on trial Follow the news on Sri Lanka Reporters Without Borders condemns a defence ministry campaign against independent news media, especially journalists who cover military affairs. The ministry’s website is carrying virulent attacks on journalists critical of the government, accusing them of being in cahoots with the “terrorist enemy,” the Tamil Tiger rebels.“While the civil war continues to claim innocent victims in both communities, defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa is lambasting journalists who do not toe the line of his propaganda,” the press freedom organisation said. “He is directly threatening the safety of journalists by accusing them of agreeing with the enemy. The government has turned Manicheism into a state doctrine in which those not with the army are deemed to be with the Tamil Tigers.”Reporters Without Borders added: “We call on President Mahinda Rajapaksa to restore trust and serenity to the government’s relations with the press.”Two long articles – headlined “Stop media treachery against armed forces members!” and “Deriding the war heroes for a living – the ugly face of defence analysts in Sri Lanka” – were recently posed on the ministry’s website, attacking news media that dare to contradict official press releases about the fighting in the north of the country.By blaming journalists for the military’s failure to “eradicate the LTTE terrorists,” the articles directly expose them to the possibility of reprisals. “Media freedom in this country has been encroached upon by few sociopaths that can be found in almost all anti-Sri Lankan outfits,” the website says.Many local news media, including Sirasa TV, the Daily Mirror and the Sunday Times, and the Free Media Movement (FMM), a local NGO that defends press freedom are explicitly accused of sowing discord within the armed forces in their articles and statements. “Whoever lures disgruntled members of the armed forces to act against the good order and the military discipline of the service is committing treachery against the nation,” the site says.The defence ministry also accuses the press of putting out false information although the army itself has often tried to minimise its losses, for example, after one of the most violent clashes in recent years in the Jaffna peninsula last April.Pressure on the independent media is mounting amid repeated incursions by the security forces into LTTE-controlled areas and deadly bombings in the Colombo region that are blamed on the Tamil Tigers.Keith Noyahr, assistant editor and defence correspondent of the English-language weekly The Nation, was kidnapped and beaten on 22 May in an attack apparently linked to his reporting on the government’s counter-insurgency campaign. TV reporter Paranirupasingam Devakumar and a friend were murdered six days later in an area of the Jaffna peninsula that is under military control. No suspect has been arrested.Iqbal Athas, a reporter who specialises in military affairs, stopped writing articles for the Sunday Times several weeks ago after being the target of a campaign of intimidation. According to the Free Media Movement, Sirimevan Kasthuriarachchi, a journalist who does defence reporting for the newspaper Divaina, was threatened with reprisals by thugs who forced their way into his home on 29 May. Frederica Jansz, the publisher of the monthly Montage and a contributor to The Nation, was followed by suspicious-looking vehicles in Colombo a week ago and the body of a bird was found outside her home in what might have been another threatening message.Press freedom activists have also been the target of intimidation. On 27 May, soldiers went to the Colombo headquarters of the Sri Lanka Press Institute, an organisation that is respected for its defence of media freedom, and asked for the names of its employees.The defence minister was added to the Reporters Without Borders list of “Predators of Press Freedom” on 3 May. Sri Lanka: RSF signs joint statement on attacks against human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists to go further January 13, 2021 Find out more RSF_en July 29, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Consumer Sentiment Index Reaches Highest Level Since ’07 in December Reading

first_img Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Consumer sentiment gained another five points in an early December measure, putting confidence levels at a near eight-year high.The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan survey of consumer sentiment came in at a preliminary index reading of 93.8 for December, up from November’s final reading of 88.8. December’s report beat economists’ forecasts by more than four points and puts the index at its highest level since January 2007.Increases in the latest measure were broad-based. The gauge measuring consumer expectations jumped 6.2 points to hit 86.1, also the highest since January 2007, while the measure of consumer economic sentiment was up three points to 105.7, the highest since February 2007.While the month’s final index—due December 23—could see an adjustment, the latest reading is a positive sign in the middle of the holiday shopping season.In a statement, survey director Richard Curtin noted that expected wage gains are at their highest level since 2008, and consumer attitudes toward buying are the most favorable they’ve been in several decades.”Obviously, lower gasoline prices, well received employment reports, and a more optimistic view on the direction of the economy are helping drive consumer mood higher,” said Chris Christopher, director of U.S. consumer economics for IHS Global Insight, in a note.Christopher also gave some of the credit to lawmakers, who in the past few years have stood in the way of growth over debates like 2012’s fiscal cliff and last year’s government shutdown. This year, they’re on track to avoid another shutdown with a last-minute deal.”The budget deal passing is another big plus for consumer mood since continued political bickering and finger pointing is a downer,” he said. December 15, 2014 1,124 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articles Tory Barringer began his journalism career in early 2011, working as a writer for the University of Texas at Arlington’s student newspaper before joining the DS News team in 2012. In addition to contributing to DSNews.com, he is also the online editor for DS News’ sister publication, MReport, which focuses on mortgage banking news. Tagged with: Consumer Confidence Consumer Sentiment Consumer Spending Politics Thompson Reuters Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Consumer Sentiment Index Reaches Highest Level Since ’07 in December Readingcenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Consumer Sentiment Index Reaches Highest Level Since ’07 in December Reading  Print This Post Previous: Michigan Senate Passes Foreclosure Bill Aimed At Eliminating Blight Next: Florida Man Sentenced to Federal Prison Time for Fraud Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Consumer Confidence Consumer Sentiment Consumer Spending Politics Thompson Reuters 2014-12-15 Tory Barringer in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News About Author: Tory Barringer Subscribelast_img read more