For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya
The police are reported to have launched an investigation but it is sure to draw a blank in the end, if our experience with police probes into attacks on the media is anything to go by.
Of course there are different versions to the story. However the fact remains that one needs some guts to send about dozen armed men to a media office located just a few hundred metres from the Temple Trees and throw bombs at it. The gang had also got the employees to kneel down and attacked them.
The U.S. Embassy on Saturday condemned attacks on a Sri Lankan television station saying such acts imperil media freedom in the country.
Co-owner of Siyatha media organization popular actress Sangeetha Weeraratne commenting on yesterday’s predawn attack on her studios at Hunupitiya said that she could not be put down by such cowardly acts of violence.
July 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s main opposition United National Party (UNP) has condemned the attack on the private TV station Siyatha in Colombo today.
An unidentified gang set fire to a Sri Lankan broadcaster owned by a businessman who had backed the opposition in a presidential election, destroying its main control room, police said on Friday.
The Siyatha television station which was attacked earlier today will go on air using its test transmission till it resumes normal broadcasts sometime next week, Roshantha Kariyapperuma Chairman of Voice of Asia, the broadcasting company of Siyatha TV told Daily Mirror online.
A fire has occurred in the voice of Asia media organization premises in Hunupitiya, Colombo which is carrying out Siyatha TV and Siyatha Radio.
The Colombo office of private electronic media institution that operates popular Siyatha TV and Radio has been attacked by mobs, police said.
Twelve armed men clad in black uniforms forcefully entered the private TV channel Siyatha TV office and assaulted the security guard and set fire to the station and caused severe damage to the equipment on Friday at 1.30 am.
Two employees of Siyatha media were injured in the petrol bomb attack on the Colombo office of the media network early this morning, the Colombo national hospital said.
The case filed by the MTV Channel Private Limited against the fact that the frequency on which Shakthi TV transmitted in the Jaffna peninsula for seven years, was given over to another company was settled today.
A fire broke out at the Siyatha media office at Union Place in Colombo a short while ago. An official of the network which operates Siyatha TV and Real radio said that according to initial reports it was an arson attack.
Thanks to Weerawansa’s “farce unto death” on a saline drip, major media “Ustaads” have been exposed even without a fig leaf to hide their professional nudity. Unfortunately, the media is not judged on their performance and taken to task for their lapses.
Unidentified persons who arrived in a white van pulled out a Tamil journalist from a passenger vehicle travelling along Mannaar-Thalaimannaar road Thursday night around 8.30 and attacked him, according to a complaint lodged with the Mannaar Police.
There is a case against Editor of “Irida Lanka “,Chandana Sirimalwatte for publishing following wording in his paper. “Allas sekakaruta newatha sevaya labadenna Janadipathigen Adhikaranayaka Balapem”. He is charged for contempt of court.
A group of students from Kelaniya University putting up posters against the brutal police killing of Susanthe Bandara, the third year student of the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Social Sciences of the University of Ruhuna, have been assaulted by personnel of Kiribathgoda Police today (27th) morning.
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is deeply concerned that Sri Lanka’s Government proposes to establish a body to examine the ethics of journalists, a move which stands to further impede media independence in the country.