For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya
Power and Energy Ministry Secretary, M.C.M. Ferdinando has directed the heads of all institutions affiliated to the Ministry to not give any advertisements to the Lakbima Sinhala newspapers or Lakbima News English newspaper.
The Secretary had sent a new circular canceling the circular that was recently circulated on placing advertisements in newspapers. The previous circular had stated that advertisements should be given to the Lakbima newspapers, Mawbima, Ceylon Today, Rivira and The Nation newspapers. However, the Lakbima newspapers name had not been included in the new circular.
Mawbima and Ceylon Today newspapers belong to parliamentarian Tiran Alles. Rivira and The Nation newspapers belong to the President’s relative, Colonel Prasanna Wickremasuriya and Nilanga Rajapaksa, who resides in the UK.
The Lakbima newspapers are owned by UPFA MP and SLFP Borella organizer, Thilanga Sumathipala.