We five major media organizations in the Sri Lanka salute the independent judiciary for lifting the ban imposed on by Lanka newspaper by Gangodawila Magistrate today, 01st Februray 2010.
The magistrate’s reasoning that ban on Lanka newspaper violates peoples right to information and ordering the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Sri Lanka police to lift the ban confirms the position 5 media organizations and number of other organizations took in opposing the ban. We salute the judiciary for upholding our peoples inalienable right to information.
The inability of CID to justify the ban on Lanka newspaper shows the arbitrary nature of this decision to ban a popular newspaper, just because it propagate critical news and oppositional view points. It is worth mentioning that just two days before the newspaper was sealed leader of the Peoples Liberation Front (JVP) Somawansa Amarasinghe told media that defense secretary threatened to set fire to Lanka news paper. We now request that the Inspector General of Police to take disciplinary measures against the officers who took this arbitrary decision.
We hope that as the ban on Lanka newspaper has been lifted by judicial order, justice will prevail regarding the detention of its editor Chandana Sirimalwatta, who was arrested on 30.January 2010 without any justifiable reason.