CID seals ‘Lanka’ office premises

2010-01-30 09:48:08

The Nugegeoda office premises belonging to the ‘Lanka’ newspaper was sealed off by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) a short while ago on a Court order, Police Spokesman SSP I. M Karunaratne told Daily Mirror online.

The Police Spokesman said that no report of the reason behind the action taken by the CID had been received to him but that a Court order had been obtained prior to entering the premises.

A journalist attached to the pro JVP newspaper meanwhile said that CID officials at the scene had said that the office was being sealed off because an article published by the newspaper posed a threat to national security.

The Editor of the ‘Lanka’ newspaper, Chandana Sirimalwatte was arrested by the CID last evening after being called over to make a statement regarding a published article that had made revelations about a senior government official. (GDC &RR)

Seen here is the editor of ‘Lanka’ newspaper, Chandana Sirimalwatte being escorted out of his office by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) who also sealed off the Nugegeoda office premises belonging to the ‘Lanka’ newspaper. Pics by Gayan Amarasekera 

  Comments - 36

  • Saturday, 30 January 2010 09:57

    Perfect definition for an:

    Autocratic state and soon to be dictatorship.

    Long live the Rajapaksa brothers.

    Reply : 33       100

    Saturday, 30 January 2010 09:57

    Corruption again & again

    Reply : 30       113

    Saturday, 30 January 2010 10:00

    Idi Ameen regime ?? Where is Rupavahini ??

    Reply : 30       116

    Saturday, 30 January 2010 10:08

    Shame shame............ wake up everybody.

    Reply : 32       109

    Saturday, 30 January 2010 10:10

    What was so bad to arrest , detain and seal the premises?Little too much, just after winning the election. Better things are there to do I guess. This doen't send a good message to the local public and also international.

    Reply : 18       60

    Saturday, 30 January 2010 10:11

    Just after 1 day of election, just imagine after some time. according to article police spokesman doesnt know the reason to seal the office. good lesson for people who voted MR. hope people use there brain in general election. God bless Sri Lanka.

    Reply : 14       82

    Saturday, 30 January 2010 10:11

    where the hell my country is going ?????? suba anagathayak to lanka news paper staff and their families.....

    Reply : 25       86

    Saturday, 30 January 2010 10:12

    looks south start to taste emergency law.

    Reply : 22       74

    Saturday, 30 January 2010 10:12

    Before exit the correct story of the election result all doors should be closed, behalf the Government side
    This is real ediamin episode; we will wait and see what is happening in future
    All should be suffered either preferred or not

    Reply : 50       25

    Saturday, 30 January 2010 10:28

    Let our fools realise who they have voted for. Coming colors not good.

    Reply : 22       78

    Saturday, 30 January 2010 10:29

    Five star democracy. God save our motherland

    Reply : 21       72

    Saturday, 30 January 2010 11:22

    Hi Dilshan,
    Brother its sorry state of affair. just like india ,your country has deep root of corruption.

    Reply : 5       52

    Saturday, 30 January 2010 10:30

    "Suba Anagathyak" starting with arresting & Closing with medias, peoples must unity against this corruptions.

    Reply : 19       64

    Saturday, 30 January 2010 10:37

    What happening in this land, MR has the duty to unite everyone behind him if he is a true leader. But, aftermath of the election what is happening is undemocratic and will lead to disaster. WAKE UP PRESIDENT, This is totally unacceptable and need your attention. BE A LEADER who will be rememebered forever, if not u will be remembered for what you are doing.


    Reply : 15       45

    Saturday, 30 January 2010 10:40

    Wellcome to the new Idi Ameen regime in SL for the next 20 years will not have a president election it just started!!!!!!!

    Reply : 15       53

    Saturday, 30 January 2010 10:41

    Suba Anagathayak

    Reply : 18       36

    Saturday, 30 January 2010 10:41

    My dear friends you all should have ,and were given lots of chances to know where your country is heading. When Robert Mugabe said he will take the farms belonging to the white population( some might argue that it was taken away by force but the truth is if not for the whites these areas would have been just like any other area ) and distribute them to the Blacks, which was vote attracting claim ( it was distributed to whom? to the stooges of Mugabe) the people hailed,cheered and worshiped Mugabe. Now what happened to Zimbawe? A country whose people exported food produce are starving. I need not tell you all about the parallels in Srilanka. Only God or for that matter in the language of Srilankans Lord Buddha can save This country.

    Reply : 13       53

    Saturday, 30 January 2010 10:42

    Time and time again our reporters don't understand about the regime. Poor chap may be sentenced to 20 years for writing about Royal family.

    Reply : 12       50

    Saturday, 30 January 2010 10:43

    No one should grumble now. The country gave a clear mandate to the present President to carry on with the work. Let us enjoy the fruits of "GRATITUDE".

    Reply : 12       43

    Saturday, 30 January 2010 15:18

    We have to wait and see!!! For example one may have to pay Rs.300 to 400 for a loaf of bread, gas prices may go up to Rs.3000 to 4000 a cylinder etc. etc.

    Reply : 1       18

    Saturday, 30 January 2010 10:48

    Freedom of expression is permanently sealed. Is Sri-Lanka under dictatorship?

    Reply : 13       43

    Saturday, 30 January 2010 10:53

    That's why we voted FS ,

    Reply : 17       45

    Saturday, 30 January 2010 10:55

    this is what my country voted for... we are the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka... no wonder we are half-assed in political ideology..

    Reply : 14       27

    Saturday, 30 January 2010 10:55

    Oh media, just thing abt your family before writing the truth. this is the path to Zimbabbe.

    Reply : 19       39

    Saturday, 30 January 2010 10:56

    We want 100% media freedom.But if the media is trying to misuse the freedom and they will try to misguide the peoples using media freedom, nothing to do. Govt will have to control them. Lanka paper also misusing this freedom.

    Reply : 62       25

    Saturday, 30 January 2010 11:17

    How about the state media my dear? they wrtie the truth and nothing but the truth I suppose. Oh dear, so many deaf and blind people in this country only looking at the rest of the media through blue colored glasses. A day will come in the not too distant future when your eyes will open really wide and then you will see clearly what's happening. Till then, live in your hazy blue world and dream away pal.

    Reply : 6       36

    Saturday, 30 January 2010 10:56

    Sri lanak is becoming the Idi Amin Land and the fools paradise

    Reply : 16       44

    Saturday, 30 January 2010 10:58

    very good move . news papers should be responsible . they can't behave as they want in the name of media freedom .

    Reply : 89       24

    Saturday, 30 January 2010 11:13

    Oh. you must be talking about the State Newspapers printed at Lake House. Good, good, at least now you understand.

    Reply : 5       37

    Saturday, 30 January 2010 10:58

    Excellent!! They did nothing but spread lies and discord in the past times.

    Reply : 83       25

    Saturday, 30 January 2010 10:59

    Mr Rajapakse as you decided the president of sri lanka. Bear in mind you have a limit (every think has a limit,) you are playing with innocent peoples aspiration. Defiantly one day you will be punished .it will decide the god or your fate

    Reply : 17       45

    Saturday, 30 January 2010 11:14

    Well, here we go again!

    Rajapakse cheated and won. Now, we are seeing his true colours He's on a witch hunt for Sarath Fonseka, arresting journalists at will, closiing down newspapers or threatening to! Democracy, my foot!!

    I am AMAZED at some of his supporters here who are condoning all this! Can't you see the man is a monster???

    I was sincerely hoping that, with his re-election, he'll have a change of heart, but it seems not.

    God help Sri Lanka and its children!

    Reply : 3       41

    Saturday, 30 January 2010 11:26

    Go, ahead. This so called media freedom is tarnishing the image of Sri Lanka by helping maniacs such as Fonseka to come into power, and destroy lanka.

    seal all those bloody media centers.

    Reply : 90       7

    Saturday, 30 January 2010 15:24

    I thought it was the government who was tarnishing the image of Sri Lanka... The killings of journalists and the supression of media freedom... Do you really want to live in a country where you can't express different thoughts, without gettig harrased or even worse - killed? Then you would love Iran, China or why not one of the worst when it comes to media freedom - Mynamar.

    Reply : 3       18

    Saturday, 30 January 2010 11:26

    Enter the Suba Anagathayak

    Reply : 3       38

    Saturday, 30 January 2010 11:29

    Govt should o these things.... to cover its allegation during "Election REsults" operation..

    Reply : 6       31

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