JO urges govt. to allow CSN to broadcast

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The Joint Opposition today urged the government to reverse the decision to suspend the broadcasting license of Carlton Sports Network (CSN) stating that suspension of the licence would set a dangerous precedent.

Joint Opposition group leader Dinesh Gunawardane, who made a statement in Parliament with regard to the matter, said the licence of CSN had been suspended on the grounds that it was working towards the interests of a political party.

"The CSN does not work towards the interests of a political party and we urge the government to reverse this decision,” he said.

Media Minister Gayantha Karunatilleke in response ruled out the retracting the suspension as the TV Channel had not produced financial statements, violating the conditions on which the licence was given.

He said the channel had not noticed the authorities of the change of address as per the conditions as well.

Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake, who joined in the cross talk, said the channel had defaulted payments of duties as well. (Yohan Perera)

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  • Leo Friday, 28 October 2016 06:41 AM

    The 40 thieves standing up for Ali Baba. via DM Android App

    dim Thursday, 27 October 2016 02:54 PM

    if they had not followed regulations the suspension can be justified. via DM Android App

    Don Friday, 28 October 2016 07:36 AM

    They broke the law and there is a money laundering case against the directors. The only thing they should be allowed to do is transfer ownership and the law breakers to go to jail. via DM Android App

    Priyan Thursday, 27 October 2016 03:09 PM

    CSN was giving free live coverage for the ex president! Why???

    brainmaster Thursday, 27 October 2016 03:12 PM

    It was a good and overdue decision to cancel their licence . Broadcasting with stolen money....

    Jagath Leanage Thursday, 27 October 2016 03:28 PM

    What MR done was to have this network from his own funds . Surely he is having enough money to have a TV channel .

    sewmi Thursday, 27 October 2016 04:59 PM

    if the rajapaksas were not involved then why is JO so concerned ?

    usaguy Thursday, 27 October 2016 05:12 PM

    these crooks are an excellent source for Donald Trump who is accusing main stream media and planning to have his own tv network. over to you Mr Trump via DM Android App

    malij Thursday, 27 October 2016 06:26 PM

    It is another incident proving the old proverb "Puhul hora karin dene!!"

    usuf Thursday, 27 October 2016 06:29 PM

    R these political thugs trying to dictate to d lawfully apntd Govnmnt via DM Android App

    Shelly. Thursday, 27 October 2016 07:01 PM

    I never expected D. G. to fall into this much of mud. via DM Android App


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