For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya
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.