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Video: Media blackout for ceremonial sitting

2013-01-23 07:16:51
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All local and international media were prevented from entering the Supreme Court complex and not allowed to cover the ceremonial sitting to welcome Chief Justice Mohan Peiris, who was appointed to the post under controversial circumstances.
 
Reportedly only state media personnel were permitted to enter the complex
 
The ceremonial sitting began at 10.00 a.m. in the presence of lawyers, judges and other dignitaries.
 
However, the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) refrained from participating at the event in keeping with the resolution passed at a special meeting.
 
Sources said Bank of Ceylon Chairman Razik Zarook made the welcome address “on behalf of the unofficial bar”.
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  Comments - 50

  • cocohead Wednesday, 23 January 2013 07:31

    and yet they claim there is media freedom in this country? Where do these buffoons speak from???

    Reply : 11       259

    lakmal Wednesday, 23 January 2013 09:04

    can you show me vedio clip where from shiranee sitting? media has never been allowed in ,expect for govt media

    Reply : 57       23

    nivathna Wednesday, 23 January 2013 09:04

    so he wnt to the swearing in ? after syaing shiranee is the CJ ..hik hik

    Reply : 7       38

    Real Peace Wednesday, 23 January 2013 09:33

    ....in a way I'm happy the Lankan media will not be stained by these disgusting and shameful pictures...!!

    Reply : 6       104

    gajan99 Wednesday, 23 January 2013 14:18

    We have media freedom.

    Reply : 19       16

    Thomas RangerThomas Thursday, 24 January 2013 03:17

    Your guess is as good as mine - from their posteriors.

    Reply : 0       0

    nilu Thursday, 24 January 2013 03:50

    This is the media freedom of this government, why not state media has freedom even to insult the CJ, judiciary and legal system in the country, so how can you say there is no freedom. LOL

    Reply : 0       2

    Wara Wednesday, 23 January 2013 07:33

    Idiotic move. This will create undue (negative) publicity for this.

    Reply : 7       109

    Unsurprised Wednesday, 23 January 2013 07:52

    What more negative publicity to generate after the CJ impeachment you supported?

    Reply : 6       117

    Wara Wednesday, 23 January 2013 08:29

    What's the wrong with the impeachment process ? Pls. explain. This is the due process of dismissing a CJ.

    139       16

    king of wanathey Wednesday, 23 January 2013 07:44

    obviously Kehaliya will have explanations for this too !

    Reply : 5       125

    Godaya Wednesday, 23 January 2013 08:33

    ceremonial sittings within closed doors proves illegality of new appointee.

    Reply : 6       113

    lakmal Wednesday, 23 January 2013 09:01

    it has always been behind close doors , only print media is allowed ..so does that mean it was always ilegal?

    51       10

    S.Madh Wednesday, 23 January 2013 07:46

    How can they open "Super Judiciary in the World “ ? If Americans and UK sees this they might copy the system and invite Mr. VWansa and our CJ to come there. No! No! We cannot loose them.

    Reply : 7       60

    Anwer Wednesday, 23 January 2013 07:50

    Present CJ had a ceremonial sitting, but there was no ceremonial sitting for the former CJ at all, she was not welcomed by the Bar at all at the point of appointment to the Bench!

    Reply : 11       27

    asoka Wednesday, 23 January 2013 07:52

    now tell me mohan where did you see ekneligida...?

    Reply : 7       101

    M-han Wednesday, 23 January 2013 08:11

    Deyyo thami danne.

    Reply : 3       61

    Wara Wednesday, 23 January 2013 08:32

    He is having lavish life in Europe with NGO money.

    Reply : 50       17

    Araliya Thursday, 24 January 2013 03:35

    Don't try to be a fool like Mohan Peiris once did. If you know where he is, prove it.

    2       1

    kautilya Wednesday, 23 January 2013 07:56

    Ceremonial siting in hiding.

    Reply : 5       86

    M-han Wednesday, 23 January 2013 08:12

    Better to hide it.

    Reply : 4       59

    Gulflad Wednesday, 23 January 2013 08:16

    shame, shame , people elected this govt and today the legislature is depriving to inform the truth to the people with the artificially found gigantic 2/3 majority

    Reply : 4       63

    Wasantha Wednesday, 23 January 2013 08:40

    Everything in the future will be controversial under this one & only unconstitutional CJ

    Reply : 6       68

    lakmal Wednesday, 23 January 2013 09:02

    unconstitutional cj ? who is your cj shiranee ? lets see how you going to file case at her house?

    Reply : 40       6

    Araliya Thursday, 24 January 2013 03:39

    Please stop going "kade" to this government by stooping this low. The dislokes to your dumb comment tells it all.

    2       1

    Sri Wednesday, 23 January 2013 09:06

    Now look who gave the welcome speech behalf of Bar Association. This is the caliber of the person.

    Reply : 3       44

    Aramis Thursday, 24 January 2013 04:47

    The BASL did NOT authorise him to speak on behalf of the 'unofficial bar' !

    Reply : 0       0

    NA Wednesday, 23 January 2013 09:45

    The day is not too far off when brothers owned everything in this country.

    Reply : 3       50

    ASAHRAFF NAZIM Wednesday, 23 January 2013 10:11

    ANN I FULLY ENDORSE YOUR REPLY FOR WARA'S COMMENTS I AM ALSO ONT THE SAME STANCE IF IT GOOD WE APPRECIATE IF IT IS WRONG WE CONDEMN

    Reply : 2       16

    Rahmathullah M. H. Wednesday, 23 January 2013 10:33

    Ali Baba and 40 Thieves ceremonial sitting, where there is no business for free media!

    Reply : 4       34

    Kinimathullah M.H Thursday, 24 January 2013 09:50

    Don't make such silly comments.

    Reply : 0       0

    Observer Wednesday, 23 January 2013 10:33

    This is onlly part of the Mihanda Chintha. Many more will follow

    Reply : 4       30

    jayantha silva Wednesday, 23 January 2013 11:10

    The newly appointed banker wore his other hat today !!

    Reply : 2       28

    RAJO Wednesday, 23 January 2013 11:21

    WELCOME,WELCOME,WELCOME.VOTERS WHO HAVE ELECTED THIS GOVERNMENT MAY FEEL SHAME & SORRY FOR THEIR BALLETS

    Reply : 5       39

    Citizen Perera Wednesday, 23 January 2013 11:24

    Are we reaching an era where court cases are heard in closed doors?

    Reply : 3       33

    RF Wednesday, 23 January 2013 11:24

    what a good lesson for the idiots who voted to elect this government....

    Reply : 5       55

    Wara Thursday, 24 January 2013 05:30

    We never worry about selecting this government. This is 100 time better than western boot licking, LTTE worshiping UNP ! Otherwise the war is still killing 1000s of innocent Sri Lankans every month.

    Reply : 8       0

    Ranil Wednesday, 23 January 2013 11:53

    It stinks so much they had to do it behind closed doors so that the flies wouldnt get out to spread any deceas

    Reply : 4       37

    Rand Jay Wednesday, 23 January 2013 20:32

    Look at all the anti government Pereras and Silvas who have commented above criticising Mahinda and his government. What were they doing when the Tigers were ruling half the country and killing civilians indiscriminately? Did they open their mouths when JVP killed thousands? Why all the fuss about an Ex CJ who engaged in dubious acts? The Lawyers belong to the opposition and are shameless in defending an ex CJ whom they were very critical when she was first appointed. Do not recognise these hypocrites and a new association should be formed to benefit honest members.

    Reply : 5       0

    IHM Thursday, 24 January 2013 04:16

    Wonder what's happening in the wonder of Asia. Nothing is in favor of Citizens of this country.

    Reply : 1       3

    sucker Thursday, 24 January 2013 04:18

    Sri lanka following into the footsteps of North Korea

    Reply : 2       3

    Amare Thursday, 24 January 2013 05:08

    "ASIYAWE ASCHARYA"- CAN YOU SEE THESE TYPE OF MEDIA FREEDOM ANY OTHER COUNTRY INCLUDING ZIMBAWE? SO IT IS "LOKA ASCHARYA"

    Reply : 0       2

    Rand Jay Thursday, 24 January 2013 05:21

    only anti government traitors comments!. you people are against of Mahinda who saved the Motherland from terrorism. Is it Catholic Action again rising its head or is it dancing to the tune of the Tamil Diaspora and local Sinhalese traitors? where are the supporters ?

    Reply : 7       0

    riyadhee Thursday, 24 January 2013 05:53

    Shame on Zarook!

    Reply : 0       3

    Roshan Thursday, 24 January 2013 06:58

    Because the people who participated were from Kelaniya dressed like Lawyers and Judges.

    Reply : 0       3

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