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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe directed the Customs to release the 175 copies of the Frontline Magazine that were taken into custody at the airport earlier this month.

To celebrate its 30th anniversary, the Frontline Magazine carried a series of interviews which had been published during its 30 years of existence. One of these re-published interviews was with former LTTE Leader Vellupullai Prabhakaran first published in 1987.

In a media statement the Prime Minister’s office said this particular interview would not pose any threat to national security.

The Customs Department was also advised to contact the Government Information Department in case such a situation arises in the future.

Meanwhile, Customs Spokesman Leslie Gamini said there were 187 copies of this magazine and had arranged to release them but however, no one had come forward to claim them as yet.
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  • yehiya Wednesday, 18 February 2015 04:02 PM

    Need civilized custom

    Kingsley Wijesinhe Thursday, 19 February 2015 10:29 AM

    I thought the Customs Department comes under the Ministry of Finance? What has the Prime Minister got to do with it?

    Kingsley Wijesinhe Thursday, 19 February 2015 10:31 AM

    I thought the Customs Department comes under the Ministry of Finance? What has the Prime Minister got to do with it?

    DJ Wednesday, 18 February 2015 04:24 PM

    Very right PM freedom should be there to read anything and judge for ourselves. Please sort out our education system so that we grow to be more broad minded with our views and ensure our Buddhist teachings of tolerance, middle path etc are carried out in our daily life

    patriot Wednesday, 18 February 2015 01:27 PM

    Only 187 copies, very fishy indeed. Doubt anyone will vone to claim it.

    patriot Wednesday, 18 February 2015 01:27 PM

    Only 187 copies, very fishy indeed. Doubt anyone will vone to claim it.

    senator Sunday, 22 February 2015 06:31 PM

    Another BIG blunder by R.W. Freedom of speech to has limits.Specially where the Security of the country is at stake.

    WTF Thursday, 19 February 2015 07:28 AM

    LTTE is a known terrorist organization!! so why are magazines featuring them released???

    BuffaloaCitizen Wednesday, 18 February 2015 03:00 PM

    We are like North Korea and Iran, where we Sinhalese like to hear what we like to hear but not what is reality. What a shameful level we have been taken by MaRa.

    Damien Thursday, 19 February 2015 12:39 AM

    Freedom of speech should not apply to terrorism and seperatism. Right to free speech should be limited when there is a risk of promotion of seperatism which leads to terrorism,For the present government National security seems to be not important.The day that the people in this country realise the mistake they did by voting in this government is not too far away.


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