State newspaper editor fired for criticising president

first_img Follow the news on Sri Lanka Organisation Sri LankaAsia – Pacific to go further Help by sharing this information January 13, 2021 Find out more Sri LankaAsia – Pacific Sri Lanka: RSF signs joint statement on attacks against human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists News Receive email alerts October 17, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 State newspaper editor fired for criticising presidentcenter_img News RSF_en News News Reporters Without Borders voiced dismay today at the unfair dismissal of Sunday Observer editor Rajpal Abenayaka, reportedly because of a column he wrote on 8 October about comments that President Mahinda Rajapakse made to Sri Lankan diplomats.”The well-known editor of a state-owned newspaper has been fired just after an international press freedom mission went to Sri Lanka and, among other things, called for the state media to be allowed more editorial independence,” Reporters Without Borders said.”This kind of sanction shows to what degree the state media are under the thumb of the government,” the press freedom organisation added. “Instead of sidelining critical editorialists, the president should concentrate on taking measures to resolve the serious crisis sweeping Sri Lanka and to ensure the safety of the media, which have repeatedly been the target of violence.”The management of the state-owned ANCL press group asked Abenayaka to submit his resignation as the English-language weekly Sunday Observer editor in writing on 10 October. After he refused, a new editor was appointed and Abenayaka was offered the post of consultant.He told Reporters Without Borders: “This is a wrongful termination of my post as the editor. Tomorrow I am going to formally inform the management that I will not accept the post of consultant which they have offered me now.”Abenayaka, who is also a lawyer, left the privately-owned Wijeya Newspapers press group after Rajapakse won last year’s presidential election.The editorial that caused offence, headlined “A state demoralizing its ‘troops’, when it needs to inspire them,” can still be read at this address on the newspaper’s website: Sunday Observer July 29, 2020 Find out more Sri Lanka: tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge Sri Lanka: Journalist manhandled by notorious police inspector currently on trial July 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Thursday, August 8

first_imgBe ready to farm the old-fashioned wayThe Ogallala aquifer in the Great Plains area of the United States, which is used for irrigation for a large percentage of America’s crops, is expected to dry up within the next century.Many blame excessive meat consumption on this problem, and it’s not expected to end any time soon.It’s claimed we’re running out of sand and gravel. China has used up a huge amount of sand in the past decade.Farmers are struggling today and have been for decades now. But if either of these causes a major crisis (along with the many other problems), you’re going to have to farm by hand again. It’s part of our past and will be part of our future. For any human who cares about our future, I’d say learn about farming by hand. You can start tomorrow.Colin YunickCharltonMetroplex zombie deal raises red flagsThe Gazette’s “Your Niskayuna” of Aug. 2-8 reports, “Niskayuna could get help from Metroplex to deal with “zombie’ houses.” The accompanying story makes it clear Metroplex wants the Town Board to vote on Aug. 27 to allow Metroplex to conduct business anywhere in the town, which it cannot do now.But nowhere is Ray Gillen, chair of Metroplex, cited as saying Metroplex funds would be committed to addressing zombie houses in the town, only that it could provide such funding.The new authority Metroplex is seeking to operate anywhere in the town of Niskayuna is authority it already has in the city of Schenectady, where its direct funding for the removal of zombie houses can only be described as modest. Is Niskayuna being offered a pig in a poke?Elmer F. BertschNiskayunaNonprofits provide invaluable servicesRecently the state comptroller released a report on the role and value of nonprofit organizations in New York.Comptroller Tom DiNapoli stated nonprofit organizations, large and small, provide a multitude of essential services on behalf of the state, county and other governmental entities, including health care, social welfare, care for the disabled, education and more.Nonprofits provide over 1.4 million jobs and comprised nearly 18 percent of private employment in the state as of 2017. Wages for these workers totaled just over $78 billion. From 2007 through 2017, non-profits added more than 175,000 jobs in New York, a gain of 14 percent. Today, over 400 Northern Rivers Family of Services staff work in Schenectady County providing educational, early head start, family services, counseling, foster care and mental health services to over 4000 families, children and youth. We depend on trained staff to support our clients.We will continue to serve our communities and their residents and look forward to being a vital part of the safety net for families, adults and children.William GettmanAlbanyThe writer is CEO of Northern Rivers Family of Services.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionTurn in guns to build the wallAll the God-fearing, gun-toting folks attending vigils for slain victims of gun violence, instead of burning candles, floating balloons, tying ribbons and offering thoughts and prayers after the fact, bring your guns and deposit them in recycling bins. The guns can be melted down and formed into fencing being erected at our southern border. The tremendous, tallest, biggest, most beautiful southern border wall is being constructed as we speak. Just saying.Chris MooreGreenville, S.C.The writer is a former resident of Glenville. Root out causes of hate and violenceWe must find the causes of hate and violence. My heart is heavy for those who lost their lives in recent shootings. Our society needs to teach the golden rule “Do onto others as you would have them do unto you.” When respect for life and property was taught through the Ten Commandments, we didn’t have this violence.A society cannot allow a newborn infant to be left to die and then say a life taken by other means is wrong. What is driving these young men to be so filled with hate and rage? Violent video games and radical ideas online are factors that must be addressed along with mental illness.Arlene Shako Schoharielast_img read more