For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya
September 16, 2010: The Sri Lanka Book Publishers’ Association points out that detaining the Economist magazine by the Customs will adversely affect investment and tourism promotion in the country.
However, according to the Government Information Department, copies of the current edition of the Economist magazine had already been released from the Customs.
Around 1,000 copies of the Economist magazine, which has a wide circulation around the world, is in demand each week within Sri Lanka alone.
According to the Sri Lanka Book Publishers’ Association, the latest edition of the Magazine, which should have been available in the market by last Saturday, had been detained by the Customs.
Meanwhile, the spokesperson for the United Nations Secretary General Martin Nesirky has reacted to a question by a journalist with regard to a ban imposed on an edition of the ‘economist’ magazine.
“On publications and the banning thereof or the difficulty of receiving them in any place, our general view would be that freedom of media is an essential part of democracy in any country.
Incidentally, the Deputy Minister of Finance Dr. Sarath Amunugama left for London to participate in an investment forum organised by the Economist magazine.