JS Tissainayagam

JS Tissainayagam

J. S. Tissainayagam worked in English-language national newspapers in Sri Lanka for over 25 years. Arrested in 2008 for writing critically of the government he was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment. Due to an international campaign he was released after two years. He won Peter Mackler Award for Courageous and Ethical Journalism (2009) and the CPJ Press Freedom Award (2009). Living in the US since his release in 2010, he was Nieman Fellow at Harvard and Reagan-Fascell Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy. He now contributes regularly to web-based media and writes on Sri Lanka and freedom of expression issues. His article ‘Fear of Ethnic Reconciliation Reason for Post-War Censorship in Sri Lanka’ appeared in the South Asia Review (January 2013).

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Op-Ed: Why the US’s policy on Sri Lanka needs a reset

WHEN Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena unexpectedly replaced Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe with strongman and former-President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Oct 26, the move was seen as the fallout from internal...