Erosion of media freedom and human rights in Sri Lanka under watchdog eye

June 18, 2007 (LBO) – An international mission by rights bodies will take place later this month to asses the deteriorating media freedoms and human rights in Sri Lanka, the Free Media Movement (FMM) said Monday. FMM said the mission made up of 11 bodies including the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), International Media Support (IMS), International Press Institute (IPI) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF) would be in Sri Lanka from June 18 to 23.

The mission will “look into reasons for the disturbing decline in media freedom and draw up concrete recommendations to support the development of professional journalism within an enabling political environment,” and follow up on the recommendations made after an earlier visit in 2006.

“The mission will visit Jaffna, the Northern province and Ampara in Eastern province in order to obtain first hand information on the prevailing ground conditions and the impact of the escalation of hostilities on media and journalists,” FMM said.

“Members of the mission will participate in the series of discussions with government leaders and officials, political party leaders including the leader of the opposition, media community including editors, human rig