Eyesrilanka.com is an attempt to cover issues on a basis that are of interest to Sri Lankans of all ethnicities, religions, caste or creed. Though relatively new we believe that the freedom to speak and the freedom to write are essential preconditions for the transition towards democracy and good governanc.
There has been a great deal of misgivings as to what the future would hold for the freedom of the press in Sri Lanka. When some conclude that the evening shadows have begun to fall on press freedom some say that a distant dawn is appearing.
The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen adopted during the French Revolution in 1789, asserted that the freedom of speech is an inalienable right. Article 11 of the said Declaration stated that ‘The free communication of ideas and opinions is one of the most precious rights of man. Every citizen may accordingly speak, write and print with freedom, but shall be responsible for such abuses of this freedom as shall be defined by law.’ Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights(UDHR) adopted in 1948 states that: ‘Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression, this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers