Court revokes seal on ‘Lanka’

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The Gangodawila magistrate today revoked a CID decision to seal the Nugegoda office of ‘Lanka’ newspapers as there was no threat to national security from an article which appeared in the publication.  The CID last week sealed the office on the basis an article on the paper was a threat to national security, JVP MP Anura Kumara Dissanayaka said.(KB)

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  • Monday, 01 February 2010 12:26 PM

    Meedia Freedom....Lankawe....Ape...Lankawee !.

    Monday, 01 February 2010 12:29 PM

    This is wonderful news indeed. It shows the independence of the judiciary.

    Monday, 01 February 2010 12:56 PM

    Fiat Justitia! Bravo Magistrate!

    Monday, 01 February 2010 01:02 PM

    Reason for the tiniest of hope, amidst the chaos of fraud and deceit.

    Monday, 01 February 2010 01:04 PM

    Who says there is no law and order in Sri Lanka. I may add Democracy is very active and it works in the country.

    Monday, 01 February 2010 01:04 PM

    That is called democracy sir. Thank you , I am not a fan of JVP but we must safe guard Democracy in our country. Another target to non democracy thugs carefull Sir.

    Monday, 01 February 2010 01:06 PM

    I wonder how long the democresy is going to last with Gangodawila magistrate under the new Government?

    Monday, 01 February 2010 01:15 PM

    Go on use the executive powers and revoke the courts decision, and then we can all rule in this lawless land.

    Monday, 01 February 2010 01:42 PM

    God bless the magistrate...!

    Monday, 01 February 2010 01:49 PM

    Dear Magistrate are u by any chance going to resign ur job. If so please do what the Gov say if u will be in trouble too.

    Monday, 01 February 2010 01:49 PM

    This is a clearly a revenge taken by government's high ranked official after the Somawansa's press conf. where he revealed the death threat he got from........................

    ppl in this country are not fools. anyway they are behaving like the power is forever accumulating sins to be harvasted at judgment day..

    Monday, 01 February 2010 01:55 PM

    Gangodawila magistrate will be transfered soon.

    Tuesday, 02 February 2010 01:35 PM

    Well done, The decision on National Security must be from the Heart of the country. NOT from any POLITICIAN.......?

    Monday, 01 February 2010 02:11 PM

    A judge knows very little about national security.

    A judge knows a lot about the law.

    It's the CID's job to present the evidence to the judge and tell the judge what their intentions/requests are.

    The judge will look at the evidence presented and decide if the request, based on the given evidence, is within the bounds of the law.

    The reason the system is like that is so that one body does not have too many powers which it can abuse.

    The presidents job is to govern the country. The judiciary's job is to make sure the law is being followed.

    Monday, 01 February 2010 02:36 PM

    since unp is contesting under elephant sympol govt, can get the support of jvp again.any connection for seal and unseal?

    Monday, 01 February 2010 02:39 PM

    Atleast we hace a magistrate who has the back bone to see it through the injustice and corruption. Lets hope the supreme court too would be the same when it matters.

    Monday, 01 February 2010 02:46 PM

    shows the independence of the judiciory. it's a good sign for the country

    Monday, 01 February 2010 02:51 PM

    Once in a while u do get ppl with spunk in this country. Just hope this magistrate will not be transferred. I must add that this news is a breath of fresh air because lately his country has been feeling so much like burma or zimbabwe.

    Bravo magistrate !

    Monday, 01 February 2010 02:51 PM

    Just one judge, does not mean all judges are independent. Remember PBJ? Isnt he back in service?

    Monday, 01 February 2010 11:55 PM

    Congratulations to this judge, for having shown the independence and impartiality of the Sri Lankan judiciary! Once the freedom of the press is curtailed, then all other liberties would follow ...

    Tuesday, 02 February 2010 03:11 PM

    Very true. Obata Suba Anagathayak.

    Monday, 01 February 2010 11:24 AM

    At least we have a court of law which we can be proud of.

    Monday, 01 February 2010 11:38 AM

    Who is actualy behind this move it is not the CID it is the government . It is a bad omen for free media and democrasy in our country we are heading towards dictotership.

    suba anagathayak????????????

    Monday, 01 February 2010 11:42 AM

    yes, the court too instructed to take off the road barricades in 2002 and LTTE destroyed the colombo city then.
    My suggestion is that these type of national security decisions has to be taken up by a panel of judges or president.
    What does the ordinary judge knows about the security and coups. All what they could do is to do a postmortem after an incident.

    Monday, 01 February 2010 11:55 AM

    How childish we are!! The CID "finds" a reason to close a newspaper printer and the courts finds no reason to do so!!! We are the laughing stock even amongst ourselves.

    Monday, 01 February 2010 12:03 PM

    Still people have faith with judical service.

    Monday, 01 February 2010 12:03 PM

    At least we have some hope in the judiciary by way of this Magistrate. Great job done sir! Hope the CID will not go to the Supreme Court, where the Magistrate's ruling may be "over-ruled".

    Monday, 01 February 2010 05:56 PM

    We, at least, have the judiciary to save us ... but for how long?


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