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Sri Lankan political crisis threatens media independence

NewsReporters Without Borders (RSF) urges the Sri Lankan authorities to respect journalists’ safety and editorial independence after supporters of Mahinda Rajapaksa – the new prime minister, whose appointment is being disputed – invaded state media outlets on 26 October in order to seize control of them. Journalists have found themselves at the centre of the political power struggle that began when President Maithripala Sirisena fired Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe on 26 October and replaced

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