FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION SRI LANKA

For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya

Wednesday, 23 June

By T. Farook Thajudeen

Colombo Magistrate Sujeewa Nissanka yesterday ordered Sirasa Television to hand over the video recordings to the CID of the interview conducted with Retired General Sarath Fonseka on 14th December 2009 together with the originals of the visuals of the speeches made by General Sarath Fonseka at Matara and Ratnapura Districts during the Presidential Election period.

The TV Station was also ordered to hand over the visuals telecast in the channels during the news telecast .

The Magistrate also directed the Producers, News presenters and the News Director of the TV station who took part in the process of recording the speeches to make statements to the CID.The Magistrate made this request on considering a motion filed in court by CID Inspector Anura Silva who is conducting investigations on the alleged statement of General Sarath Fonseka made to the Sunday Leader Editor Frederika Jansz over the statement alleged to have been made by Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa ordering the forces to kill those who surrendered to the forces during the military operations in the North.
http://www.dailymirror.lk/print/index.php/news/news/13729.html

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