In its defense, the sri lankan government claims that press freedom exists in the country.
The latter was the case earlier this week for a young sri lankan domestic worker who was beheaded.
Her account of the sri lankan civil war had been met with similar reactions.
large island southeast of India (known in English until 1972 as Ceylon), from Lanka, older name for the island and its chief city + Sanskrit sri "beauty" (especially of divinities, kings, heroes, etc.), also an honorific prefix to proper names, from PIE root *kreie- "to be outstanding, brilliant, masterly, beautiful" (cf. Greek kreon "lord, master").
Note: A British colony since 1796, the island became independent in 1948.