A Net Across The Island
- Political analyst and cartoonist of pro-opposition website lankaenews, Prageeth Eknaligoda, has been missing since January 24, two days before the presidential election.
- Chandana Sirimalwatta, editor, Lanka, has been in custody of the criminal investigations department for one week. The Sinhala newspaper is aligned to Marxist opposition party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna.
- New Delhi-based Swiss Public Radio reporter Karin Wenger who was in Colombo to cover the presidential poll was, at one stage, asked to leave Sri Lanka by February 1. The President later revoked the government order.
- Three people were arrested by the police on January 31 for allegedly defaming the government through text messages via cellular phones and social networking sites such as Facebook.
Around 9 pm on February 8, as Colombo’s nightclubs were opening, cellular phones beeped with the news of...