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The ‘Aththa’ newspaper, a publication of the Communist Party of Sri Lanka has been withdrawn from circulation and its newspaper office sealed early this morning on the orders of the Party high command, sources said.


The newspaper, edited by the Peradeniya University’s former Department of Fine Arts Head Dr. Michael Fernando, had carried articles critical of the decision which is expected to be taken by the LSSP on November 9 on the Presidential Election.


"The doors of the newspaper office where all the papers are stored before distribution, was locked and the papers removed early this morning," a highly placed source at the newspaper said.


The newspaper had printed 5,000 copies as in the past to be distributed.


The sticking point was the response made to Professor Tissa Vitharana by LSSP Central Committee Member Chameera Perera.


The ‘Aththa’ had published a report on a news conference hosted by Prof. Tissa Vitharana under the headline "We will support Mahinda" and Mr. Perera had responded saying, "I challenge you to say that at the foot of Dr. N.M. Perera’s statue".


When contacted, Communist Party General Secretary and Senior Minister D.E.W. Gunasekara said the "paper was not published" and declined to comment further.


However, Daily Mirror is in possession of a soft copy of the edition that was removed from circulation. (Hafeel Farisz)

  Comments - 14

  • Azee Friday, 07 November 2014 02:22 PM

    The Communist Party may be a party with Markist Socialist ideals.The leaders have now abandoned those ideals as they are living in luxury under the present regime and will not fail to support Mahinda. It is so with Dinesh(so the great Philip) and Vasu. via DM Android App

    Calistus Jayatilleke Friday, 07 November 2014 02:51 PM

    There is no Truth ("Aththa") any more because everywhere one looks it is always the Untruth ("Neththa") which is on top.

    CITIZEN Friday, 07 November 2014 03:09 PM

    Mr. Perera, please forgive your 2 Ministers. They have to die as Ministers, if at all they are to be remembered NOT as Communist Party Members!!!

    Kithudugama Friday, 07 November 2014 03:47 PM

    Now that you sealed it why not smash it up

    Kithudugama Friday, 07 November 2014 04:06 PM

    Convert it to a PUBLIC LAVATORY We all can use it

    vijay Friday, 07 November 2014 06:23 PM

    This never worksyou cannot under estimate citizens intelligenceThey are more than capable to read things themselves and separate chaff from wheat. Not told what is good by a nanny stateObviously state has a role when it comes to material for terrorist or juvenile pornography etc

    Nalini Friday, 07 November 2014 06:25 PM

    Another Smaja Wadaya paper and Smaja Wadayas like N M Perera.and Phillip Gunawadana.

    Mason Friday, 07 November 2014 06:41 PM

    Do these two Ministers have an iota of shame. They will boot-lick their way to hang on to the Minister positions.The dead stalwarts of the party will be turning in their graves.

    russel Friday, 07 November 2014 09:29 PM

    Mr. Vitharana all you lack knowledge,understanding, wisdom how dare you and your members call your selfs communists when you care two hoots for the poor, oppresed how and with what heart you support such a regime,It is only and only for higher perks isnt it?????????shame ,shameless.

    antonsunil77 Friday, 07 November 2014 10:58 PM

    end of a an era! remember the Sirima B Era

    Hambanda Friday, 07 November 2014 11:34 PM

    Prof. Vitharana, Vasu and Dew have proved themselves to be shameless and unprincipled bunch of left leaders. They only want to eat the crumbs that are being dished out to them by Rajapaksas. They are a disgrace to the hallowed leftist ideals.

    TONY Friday, 07 November 2014 11:44 PM


    ANTON Saturday, 08 November 2014 01:11 PM


    Indu jayawickrama Sunday, 09 November 2014 03:47 AM

    Attha.. Bit truth always sealed in the Sri Lanka.. God bless the poor public. Right to information is being deprived.

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