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Ben Doherty is Senior Correspondent for Fairfax Media. He was formerly South Asia Correspondent and Southeast Asia Correspondent for Fairfax, reporting from across the Asian region. He won a Walkley Award in 2013 for a series of stories on Australian links to dangerous Bangladeshi factories, and was the 2008 Young Australian Print Journalist of the Year.

Sri Lanka to use Aussie gift boats to stop people smugglers


Ben Doherty, Bianca Hall Australia will give Sri Lanka two patrol boats to intercept asylum seekers before they leave Sri Lankan waters.

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More Sri Lankan navy sailors suspected of people smuggling

Prime Minister Tony Abbott arrives for the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Colombo

Ben Doherty More Sri Lankan navy sailors are under suspicion of people-smuggling and face possible arrest as Prime Minister Tony Abbott praised the country for its efforts to stamp out the illegal trade in...

Tony Abbott praises Sri Lanka for addressing human rights, war crimes at CHOGM opening


Ben Doherty Prime Minister Tony Abbott has praised Sri Lanka for its efforts to address human rights issues and allegations of war crimes at the opening of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

Asylum seekers: Sri Lankan navy officer Sanjeewa Annatugoda briefed Australian officials

Sri Lankan Navy officer Lieutenant Commander Sanjeewa Annatugoda.

Ben Doherty Alleged linchpin of Sri Lanka's biggest people-smuggling racket was a decorated officer in the Sri Lanka Navy.

Sri Lankan navy officer accused of being key player in people-smuggling racket

Sri Lankan navy officer

Ben Doherty Alleged linchpin of Sri Lanka's biggest people-smuggling racket is a decorated naval officer who briefed Australia's border protection chief and its high commissioner to Sri Lanka on how to stop...

Lee Rhiannon and Jan Logie released from Sri Lanka

Greens senator Lee Rhiannon.

Ben Doherty Australian senator Lee Rhiannon has been released from custody in Sri Lanka and allowed to leave the country.

Lee Rhiannon, Jan Logie released after being detained in Sri Lanka

12 April 2012, Journalist: Phil Thomson. Canberra Times Photograph by Katherine Griffiths. Portrait of Lee Rhiannon, Senator for the Greens.

Ben Doherty Australian Senator Lee Rhiannon has been released from the custody of Sri Lankan government officials and allowed to leave the country.

Four Sri Lankan Navy members arrested

Federal police are investigating people smuggling operations both here and abroad.

Ben Doherty Four members of the Sri Lankan Navy have been arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle more than 100 asylum seekers to Australia.

Rush with rape trial a threat to democracy


Ben Doherty India is justifiably proud of its young democracy. It is passionate, populist, and as the past weeks' protests have shown, spectacularly public.