For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya
In a program entitled ‘Rata Yana Atha – with Hudsan Samasinghe’ which aired on Saturday (27th of March) was a long and direct attack on media freedom. Under the pretext of the Akon affair, the theme of the program was that rata – country – is more important than media freedom.
Monday’s attack by a pack of goons on the Sirasa /MTV media network’s head office, that took place in broad daylight in the heart of the city, has been followed by the usual round of condemnations by government representatives.
Police Chief Mahinda Balasuriya vehemently denied having reprimanded the DIG for Colombo H. M. B. Herath and the Slave Island OIC K. M. Perera for taking action and intervening in the attack on MTV/MBC last Monday (22).
Sri Lankan authorities have detained Sarah Malani Perera, a Sri Lankan-born resident of Bahrain, at the Katunayake Airport for publishing two books allegedly offensive to Buddhism. She was leaving after a three-month holiday in Sri Lanka.
Every journalist in the country will have to submit a declaration of their assets to the Ministry of Mass Media and Information by April 30th.