FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION SRI LANKA

For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya

Group storms ‘Lanka’ office

A group of men has forcibly removed certain documents and a car from the office of JVP-affiliated ‘Lanka’ newspaper this afternoon (Sept. 22), according to its publisher, Lanka Fast Publishers Pvt. Ltd.

Director of the publishing firm, Lal Tennakoon has lodged a complaint with Mirihana Police, and two suspects have been arrested so far.

According to reports, following the internal crisis of the JVP, directors of the newspaper are supporting the party leadership, while a majority of its editorial, including editor Chandana Sirimalwatte, is backing the Premakumar Gunarathnam faction.

The Premakumar faction has appointed Pubudu Jagoda as the authority for the newspaper.

Reports receiving ‘Sri Lanka Mirror’ say that tomorrow’s issue of ‘Lanka’ will have several articles portraying the political vision of the faction

SLM

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