Court bars President’s TV show

2015-01-05 11:44:47

The District Court of Kaduwela issued an enjoining order against four television stations from broadcasting a programme titled “Janapathi Janahamuwa” or a programme of similar nature featuring President Mahinda Rajapakse.

Issuing the enjoining order on an application filed by lawyers for the common opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena, the District Court barred the Independent Television Network (ITN), Rupavahini, Swarnawahini and Derana from broadcasting the said show.

The lawyers for the common candidate pointed out that January 5th would be the last day for broadcasting propaganda and that if the programme, whether by the name 'Janapathi Janahamuwa' or any other name, was broadcast, the common candidate would not get similar airtime or an opportunity to reply. The enjoining orders prevent the broadcast of 'Janapathi Janahamuwa' by that name or any other name, or any other similar programme.

Lawyers for Sirisena said that the programme was sought to promote the candidacy of the incumbent President and since it was the last day for propaganda, no other candidate would be provided similar airtime.

Ronald Perera PC appeared with Suren Fernando and Nalin Amarajeewa for the Plaintiff.

President of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka Upul Jayasuriya said that the decision was an encouragement to the citizens who strive for an independent judiciary. (Susitha Fernando and Hafeel Farisz)

  Comments - 16

  • dcn Monday, 5 January 2015 17:20

    It is a fair judgement. Tks tomthe judiciary.

    Reply : 2       201

    dcn Monday, 5 January 2015 17:20

    It is a fair judgement. Tks tomthe judiciary.

    Reply : 1       116

    Tilak Monday, 5 January 2015 17:35

    Good that the Judiciary even at the eleventh hour stood up for Justice and fair play. well done,

    Reply : 1       160

    Vijith Pieterz Tuesday, 6 January 2015 08:39

    Yes its true, but its too late - they should have taken this action atleast a week ago.

    Reply : 0       6

    Malcolm William Monday, 5 January 2015 17:39

    Shoot the judge at once!

    Reply : 120       19

    sri Monday, 5 January 2015 17:39

    The people will know whom to vote regardless all the propaganda !

    Reply : 0       124

    Nanda Monday, 5 January 2015 17:47

    TV brain washers.Best is that they keep away from "Poly Tricks"

    Reply : 1       78

    ravisandu Monday, 5 January 2015 17:48

    At last, something to keep our faith in judiciary intact..Thank You...

    Reply : 1       84

    pri Monday, 5 January 2015 17:53

    ok just starting.................go ahead

    Reply : 0       62

    Robin Monday, 5 January 2015 17:54

    Very good decision for free and fair election

    Reply : 3       86

    patriot Monday, 5 January 2015 18:05

    This shows that the Opposition is scare that they will lose. anyway, like it or not Mahinda President is going to win whether show stop or not.

    Reply : 172       30

    Sri Wickrema Tuesday, 6 January 2015 13:15

    As citizens we must uphold the election law.Now people know who got scared.

    Reply : 0       10

    Priya Monday, 5 January 2015 18:09

    May a new era for democracy dawn on SL.

    Reply : 6       121

    wishwa Tuesday, 6 January 2015 08:14

    How about the state radio?

    Reply : 0       11

    Wishwa Tuesday, 6 January 2015 08:17

    This is good sign of the beginning of a new .era.

    Reply : 1       15

    T Wickramaratna Tuesday, 6 January 2015 09:32

    Poor MR. He may not have been aware of these illegal activities.

    Reply : 4       11

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