FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION SRI LANKA

For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya

Media blackout for ceremonial sitting

All local and international media were prevented from entering the Supreme Court complex and not allowed to cover the ceremonial sitting to welcome Chief Justice Mohan Peiris, who was appointed to the post under controversial circumstances.Reportedly only state media personnel were permitted to enter the complex
The ceremonial sitting began at 10.00 a.m. in the presence of lawyers, judges and other dignitaries.

However, the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) refrained from participating at the event in keeping with the resolution passed at a special meeting.

Sources said Bank of Ceylon Chairman Razik Zarook made the welcome address “on behalf of the unofficial bar”.

DM

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