Wednesday 8 April 2020 ,
Wednesday 8 April 2020 ,
Latest News
  • World short of 6 million nurses: WHO
  • Total coronavirus confirmed cases now 164; death toll 17
  • Bangladesh confirms 5 more deaths from coronavirus, 41 new cases in 24hrs
  • Bangabandhu's killer Abdul Majed arrested, sent to jail
  • How to take care of people with COVID-19
  • The Independent decides to go online for now
  • Coronavirus Hotline Numbers: Hunting Number: 01944333222, DGHS: 16263, 333
4 November, 2019 00:00 00 AM
Print

Sri Lankan election head withdraws TV censorship after criticism

AFP, Colombo

Sri Lanka’s election commission chief yesterday backed down from plans to censor a state-owned TV station following criticism that his actions were supporting the main opposition candidate at this month’s presidential polls.

In a surprise move, commission chairman Mahinda Deshapriya had banned any political programing on the Independent Television Network (ITN) after accusing the channel of harming the campaign of frontrunner Gotabhaya Rajapakse. “After considering many representations by several parties that my order was discriminatory, I revoke the (censorship) order issued on ITN,” Deshapriya said in a letter to the broadcaster, seen by AFP.

The censorship order, which had been due to come into effect midnight Sunday, came after ITN aired a programme alleging loyalists to the previous regime thwarted a corruption probe into strongman ex-president Mahinda Rajapakse’s family. Independent poll-monitoring group the People’s Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) said privately-owned TV stations were worse than ITN in violating campaign laws and in supporting one candidate over others.

 

Comments


Copyright © All right reserved.

Editor : M. Shamsur Rahman

Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

Editor : M. Shamsur Rahman
Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

Disclaimer & Privacy Policy
....................................................
About Us
....................................................
Contact Us
....................................................
Advertisement
....................................................
Subscription

Powered by : Frog Hosting