For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya
The Supreme Court today (25) warned and discharged the Editor of the Lanka Irida newspaper, Chandana Sirimalwatte from the alleged contempt of court charges and ordered him to publish a correction on a news item which appeared in the newspaper in June this year.
The Supreme Court delivered the order following an apology in court by Sirimalwatte.
The charges against the Editor were taken up before the Bench comprising Chief Justice Asoka de Silva and Justice N.G. Amaratunga.
The Editor was also directed to publish the corrections with the same prominence in his newspaper.
Sirimalwatte expressed his regret for the publication of the said news item in dispute.
He told Court that he or the editorial board of “Lanka Irida Sangraha” or Lanka Fast Publishers Ltd did not have any intention directly or indirectly of bringing the Judiciary into contempt by publishing the news item in dispute in the Lanka Irida Sangraha on June 27, 2010.