For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya
Yesterday’s programme of ‘Wada Pitiya’ a political ‘talk show’ telecast by ‘Derana TV every Tuesday, had to be suspended.
Yesterday’s topic for discussion was the ‘Revival of the Underperforming and Underutilized Assets Bill’ that was presented to Parliament yesterday (8th).
For the discussion Ministers Bandula Gunawawardene and Jagath Pushpakumara represented the government while UNP Provincial Council Member Daya Gamage and JVP Provincial Council Member Naleen Hewage represented the opposition.
Just before the programme was to go on the air the two ministers had stated they wouldn’t participate in the programme due the presence of Mr. Daya Gamage. The authorities of ‘Derana TV’ had no alternative but to cancel the programme