The proposed new Bill to ‘Strengthen Online Security’ should be defeated.

The proposed new bill ‘The Strengthen Online Security’ Act is the latest law to be added to repressive laws like the Rehabilitation Act, Anti-Terrorism Act, Anti-Corruption Act, and Media Regulatory Commission Act.

The press statement issued by the Federation of Media Employees Trade Unions protesting against this Act The full statement is published below in its entirety.

Press Release

22nd September 2022

The proposed new Bill to ‘Strengthen Online  Security’ should be defeated.

After the appointment of Mr. Ranil Wickramasinghe as the successor executive president, a new bill has been proposed called ‘Strengthening Internet Security’. ‘The ‘Strengthen Online  Security’ bill is the latest law to be added to repressive laws like the Rehabilitation Act, Anti-Terrorism Act, Anti-Corruption Act, and Media Regulatory Commission Act.

The last hope of the rulers was defined as new laws that intervened to protect the country’s democracy and citizen rights to control the people’s opposition that may grow against the government. Media organizations and intellectuals, leading mass organizations on behalf of the citizens, and the legal community with the former President of the Sri Lanka Bar Association Mr. Saliya Peiris say that the primary purpose of this new bill is to control ‘social media’.

 In view of the economic, social, and political crisis that is growing in the country, we strongly believe that this is another law for the purpose of crossing the basic right to information and social freedom of the people. We strongly believe that these laws are specifically for the control of ‘social media’, which is becoming a social power.

 It is the responsibility of every citizen to defeat the repressive decrees that the President, who does not have a clear mandate, trying to pass and implement the proposed ‘ Strengthen Online Security’ act at his discretion. Therefore, our Federation strongly expects the intervention of every citizen who agrees to protect the freedom of expression and speech in Sri Lanka.

 The Federation of Media Employees Trade Unions, in conjunction with the International Federation of Journalists, all media organizations strongly condemn the proposed draconian bill. The International Federation of Journalists is the most powerful media organization with a membership of over 600,000 journalists, comprising 167 media organizations in 146 countries.

 Thanking You,


Dharmasisr Lankapeli                                                                                         

General Secretary

FMETU-IFJ-UTU – 2023 – Planning Organizational Audit Workshop!

Planning discussion for the FMETU Organizational Audit Workshop, its Executive Committee, and key members representing various regions of Sri Lanka met on 15 August 2023 to discuss the plan for the implementation of the program.

FMETU looks forward to welcoming Ms. Jane Worthington of IFJ Asia Pacific Director, who is expected to arrive in Sri Lanka soon to facilitate the organization’s corporate audit.


IFJ’s monthly media bulletin for (SAMSN) August-2023

Sri Lankan project partners finalise union evaluation reports: 

The IFJ’s Sri Lankan affiliates, the Free Media Movement (FMM), the Federation of Media Employees Trade Unions (FMETU), and the Sri Lanka Working Journalists Association (SLWJA) are all finalising their Union Capacity Audit reports. The institutional union strength assessments comprise one of several initial stages in the IFJ’s three-year intensive support program, which will aim to develop membership-driven national action plans. This work is supported by Union To Union (UTU).

(IFJ Bulatine Link)



Ms. Krishni Kanthasami Making A Mark in Sri Lankan Media!

In a country like Sri Lanka, journalism has always been a compelling and challenging field but had for years been dominated by men. In the 1950s, the first female journalists in Sri Lanka were employed by English-language publications.

If being a female journalist in Sri Lanka was hard enough on its own, then being a minority Tamil woman in the media was even harder. Krishni Kanthasamy Ifham can attest to this.

Sri Lanka: Journalist assaulted and detained at protest! – IFJ Statement

Freelance journalist Tharindu Uduwaragedara was detained and assaulted by police while reporting on a union-led protest in Colombo on July 28. The IFJ and its affiliates, the Federation of Media Employees Trade Union (FMETU), the Free Media Movement (FMM), and the Sri Lanka Working Journalists Association (SWLJA) condemn Uduwaragedara’s detention and assault and urge Sri Lankan authorities and human rights bodies to conduct a thorough investigation into the incident.

IFJ – UTU program 2023, Planning Meeting

FMETU Executive Committee representatives discuss the action plan at Rainbow Institue Office on 31st July, for the IFJ Union to union project to strengthen the rights and responsibilities of journalists in Sri Lanka.

Rainbow Institute Executive Director Ms. Manique Mendis, Acting General Secretay Ms. Inadira Nawagmauwa, President Ms. Krishni Irfam, Treasurer Mr. Rizwan Segu Mohideen and several others of FMETU excutive committee members participate for programmm planing meeting.

Lankapeli’s letter of protest to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu!

Israel’s embassy for Sri Lanka had not issued a visa to attend the Congress of Palestine Journalists syndicate in Ramallah from 22 to 28 May 2023 to Dharmasiri Lankapeli. Ambassador did not even have the courtesy to provide the reason for refusing my visa.

Regarding this matter, he wrote an objection letter to Israel, Prime Minister, to make inquiry what is the reason for not issuing a visa.

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