Court bars President’s TV show

5 January 2015 11:44 am - 16     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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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

  • patriot Monday, 05 January 2015 06:05 PM

    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.

    Priya Monday, 05 January 2015 06:09 PM

    May a new era for democracy dawn on SL.

    wishwa Tuesday, 06 January 2015 08:14 AM

    How about the state radio?

    Wishwa Tuesday, 06 January 2015 08:17 AM

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

    Vijith Pieterz Tuesday, 06 January 2015 08:39 AM

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

    Sri Wickrema Tuesday, 06 January 2015 01:15 PM

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

    T Wickramaratna Tuesday, 06 January 2015 09:32 AM

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

    dcn Monday, 05 January 2015 05:20 PM

    It is a fair judgement. Tks tomthe judiciary.

    dcn Monday, 05 January 2015 05:20 PM

    It is a fair judgement. Tks tomthe judiciary.

    Tilak Monday, 05 January 2015 05:35 PM

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

    Malcolm William Monday, 05 January 2015 05:39 PM

    Shoot the judge at once!

    sri Monday, 05 January 2015 05:39 PM

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

    Nanda Monday, 05 January 2015 05:47 PM

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

    ravisandu Monday, 05 January 2015 05:48 PM

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

    pri Monday, 05 January 2015 05:53 PM

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

    Robin Monday, 05 January 2015 05:54 PM

    Very good decision for free and fair election


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