For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya
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.
Public organizations in Moolaay in Jaffna observed Sunday the third death anniversary of Jaffna correspondent of Sakthi TV station, Paranirupasingam Thevakumar, 34, abducted while he was returning to his residence in Moolaay and hacked to death in Kaakkaitheevu, a barren land near Naavaanthurai in Jaffna on 28 May 2008, in Ganesha Community Centre Hall in Moolaay, sources in Jaffna said. Immediately after the killing, his wife in her statement to three Sinhalese journalists from Colombo had said that men of Eelam Peoples Democratic Party (EPDP), a constituent of ruling United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA), were directly involved in her husbands assassination.
The Court of Appeal was notified yesterday that the MTV Channel Private Limited has submitted a fresh application to the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) seeking a licence for Shakthi TV, which has been broadcasting in the Jaffna peninsula for the past seven years.
February 09, 2010: Police say they are yet to apprehend the Chairman of the Hatton Urban Council, Allagamuthu Nanda Kumara, for the assault carried out on the security officer of senior journalist J. Shri Ranga.
The Anuradhapura Chief Magistrate and Additional District Judge Darshika Wimalasiri ordered the police today to arrest and produce before court those responsible for severely assaulting Rizwi Maharoof, the Anuradhapura correspondent for Sirasa Newsfirst at the Anuradhapura Teaching Hospital.