For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya
Deputy Minister of Media Mervyn Silva has implemented law to the letter by banning smoking in enclosed public places in Kelaniya since last week. Sources close to him say if anyone is caught smoking in public, he would be meted out Ďsevere punishmentí.
Mondayís attack by a pack of goons on the Sirasa /MTV media networkís 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.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday directed IGP Mahinda Balasuriya to conduct a thorough investigation into the attack on the Colombo Office of the Sirasa TV, at Braybrook Place on Monday afternoon and to submit a report to him.
The images of most of the perpetrators who attacked the head office of Sirasa media net work yesterday have been captured clearly in news First Cameras. The Sirasa media organization is ready to give a cash reward of Rs.50,000 to anyone who provides valuable information on these suspects shown in the video.
All 16 suspects who had been arrested over yesterdayís mob attack on the MTV/MBC head office at Braybrooke Place have been released on bail, the police said today.
An armed group believed to be associated with a notorious Deputy Minister attacked the MTV/MBC office at Braybrooke Place a short while ago severely damaging the place, an MBC official told Daily Mirror online.