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Sri Lanka 'wipes data' as Australia journalist expelled

Sri Lankan authorities on Friday wiped all the data from the computer of an Australian media rights activist as she and a colleague were kicked out of the country, a local rights group said. Jacqui Park and fellow Australian Jean Worthington were packed onto a plane that flew out of Colombo airport a day after authorities ordered their expulsion for for "anti-government" activities.

Sri Lanka detains international media rights activist

Immigration authorities raided a meeting of journalists in Sri Lanka's capital Wednesday and detained an Australian activist on a charge of working without a visa, a local rights group said. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) representative for the Asia-Pacific region, Jacqui Park, was taken into custody by immigration officials, the Free Media Movement (FMM) said.

Sri Lankan editor held at knifepoint as home searched

Five armed men held a Sri Lankan newspaper editor at knifepoint as they searched her home on Saturday before police burst in and shot one of the intruders dead, officials said. The attack was the latest in a string of violent incidents involving the staff of the Sunday Leader and media activists said they suspected the incident at the Colombo home of Associate Editor Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema was an attempt to intimidate her.

Sri Lanka paper says unbowed after reporter shooting

A Sri Lankan newspaper vowed it would not be intimidated Sunday after an investigative reporter survived an assassination bid, the latest in a string of attacks against the country's media. Faraz Shauketaly, 54, from the privately owned Sunday Leader, was in intensive care at a Colombo hospital but making a "steady recovery" after a bullet was removed from his neck, hospital spokeswoman Pushpa Soysa told AFP.

Sri Lanka journalist shot and wounded: police

Gunmen shot and wounded a Sri Lankan journalist near the capital Colombo, police said Saturday, the latest in a string of attacks on the island's media. Faraz Shauketaly, a reporter with the privately-run Sunday Leader whose editor was shot dead in 2009, was rushed to hospital for surgery following the midnight attack at his home, according to his colleagues. "Investigations are underway," police said in a statement but did not elaborate on the unidentified gunmen or the motive for the shooting.
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