Date: 1st November, 2008
RIGHT TO REPLY
(an edited version of a letter sent by EPDP on FMM press release on 29th Oct 2008 titiled
Independent media in Jaffna threatened by armed cadre of EPDP)
The EPDP states in all faith and with full consideration for the dignity of its statesman-leader Hon. Douglas Devananda, that the attempts made by the said Saravanabhavan to mislead the FMM, distort the media, damage democracy, and pervert the truth are the strivings of a terrorist accessory, and the EPDP is constrained to repudiate the allegations in the FMM statement as irresponsible and breaching the borders of accuracy.
Let it be known that Hon. Douglas Devananda, statesman-leader of the EPDP, has nothing to do with the said Saravanapavan, and has not had any contact with him since longer than anybody can remember. How then could he have possibly told S.Saravanapavan that the army was “very angry” with him? However, Subra’s brother-in-law and editor of his newspaper, is not queasy about calling the statesman-leader for certain favours and clarifications.
The reference to a threat last January, is a piece of low-tariff theatre stage-managed by Saravanabhavan who has also accused the EPDP of embargoing newsprint supplies to the peninsula to prevent news from being published there. This is wastebasket nonsense. Newsprint is readily available and newspapers are freely published in Jaffna.
The EPDP disaffirms any connection with an incident the FMM cites quoting Reporters Sans Frontiers (RSF).
The EPDP records with regret that while its statesman-leader Hon. Douglas Devananda has personally invited, and repeatedly renewed his invitation to the FMM to speak with him for information and clarification on issues bearing on the EPDP, the FMM has chosen to ignore these invitations and assumed an attitude of intransigent bias in its references to the EPDP.
In the cause of free and fair media, and for the sake of FMM credibility, the EPDP invites contact from all those interested on +94 – 11-2503467, its 24 hour hotline.