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Stand up for Sri Lanka's press

by CPJ category: Cause

“Tell #SriLanka govt to stop assaults on press & end reign of #impunity in journalist murders. #CHOGM #SpeakJusticeNow http://thndr.it/175SbKq

Supporters
318 of 250
127% of goal supported
Social Reach
2,474,217
People
Time Left
Complete
Ends Nov 15, 12:00 AM EST

Complete

This campaign ended on November 15 at 12AM

Stand up for Sri Lanka's press

As world leaders gather for the 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Colombo this month, all eyes are on the host nation, Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka remains a highly restrictive and dangerous nation for the press. Critical or opposition journalists face intense intimidation. According to research by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), at least 26 journalists have been driven into exile in the last five years, one of the highest numbers in the world. Work-related murders have declined since 2009, but the slayings of nine journalists have gone unpunished over the past decade, one of the worst records of impunity globally. President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s administration has shown no interest in pursuing the perpetrators in these murders. All of the victims had reported on politically sensitive issues in ways that were critical of the government.

In the past, CHOGM has been a platform to address issues such as apartheid in South Africa and the electoral dispute in Zimbabwe. As leaders from more than 50 nations converge in Colombo for the biennial summit this month, we would like to highlight our grave concern about the lack of press freedom in Sri Lanka and urge meaningful action.

Join CPJ as it calls on leaders of the Commonwealth countries to urge President Rajapaksa to respect press freedom. Sign up to share this message and spread the word.


How to show your support:

1.       At the top of the page, choose to support with Twitter, Facebook, or both, and get friends and followers to do the same.

2.       Impunity affects the press in Sri Lanka and around the world. Reporting on corruption, crime, conflict, politics, and human rights has proven deadly for too many. In 90 percent of journalist murders, the killers walk away unpunished. To learn more about impunity and violence against journalists, visit www.speakjusticenow.org, a digital campaign to demand justice for murdered journalists.

3.       On 15 November, watch as everyone's messages are simultaneously shared across the world.


For more information, please visit:

https://cpj.org/asia/sri-lanka/

Speak Justice: Voices Against Impunity








  • We still need your help!

    November 12, 2013

    Thanks to everyone for donating your social media voices to help us send a message to Sri Lanka during #CHOGM this weekend! With your support, we were able to surpass not only one, but two of our goals. BUT, we still need your help. There are still two days until Commonwealth leaders gather on Friday, and we want to see even more people joining us in demanding justice.

    Please help us amplify our message by continuing to sign up to donate a tweet, and tell your friends and family to sign up, too!

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