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Thirteen employees of the State-owned Independent Television Network (ITN) were interdicted on Monday accusing them of have carried out a protest campaign against the management, some employees claimed today.

A member of the 'collective to protect ITN', Sujith Vidanapathirana told Daily Mirror that the ITN security unit had been instructed in writing not to allow the 13 employees to enter the ITN premises stating that they were interdicted.

He said about 400 ITN employees including the interdicted 13 employees had been engaged in the protest campaign urging the authorities not to make political appointments leading to inefficiency and the collapse of the institute.

Mr. Vidanapathirana said except for Chairman and working director, all other appointments should be free of political intervention.

“ITN ratings have dropped to the sixth or seventh position due to the inefficiency of the management. Most of the employees irrespective of political differences are engaged in the protest for the sake of the institution,” he said.

Mr. Vidanapathirana said they were engaged in the protest for the third day yesterday but there was no response from the management to resolve this issue and said the current chairperson was acting on a part-time basis and stressed the need to appoint a full-time head to uplift the ITN.

Repeated attempts by the Daily Mirror to contact the ITN chairperson had failed.

Mr. Vidanapathirana said last evening the current chairperson through the ITN General Manager had informed the other protesting employees that if they did not rerun to work by this morning, action would be taken to interdict them as well.

However, the protesting employees vowed to continue their protest until their demands were met.

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  • Anachrona Tuesday, 01 January 2019 07:49 PM

    Only in Sri Lanka you could hear this outdated word: Interdicted.

    Dee Tuesday, 01 January 2019 08:50 PM

    Not only ratings but we don't even advertise because of your cheap political mentality. After October 26th it was an eyesore to watch ITN. No wonder the rating dropped!

    Niyas Tuesday, 01 January 2019 09:40 PM

    The ITN was used by Mahinda and his party fellows as their private property. It hadn't been a responsible media during the coup. So, it is reasonable to chase these politically motivated people out from the institution

    Jaliya Wednesday, 02 January 2019 09:12 AM

    Why a democratically elected government involved in the management of a media institution ? Why the government has the need to own and operate a media institution ? sri lanka only represent the names of democracy and capitalism, in reality it is mostly socialism. Media should be a free institution without any interference of a govt and the media has a moral and ethical responsibility and unbiased view of publication or broadcast of events.


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