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Sri Lanka's state broadcaster on Thursday denied meddling with BBC programmes after the British corporation abruptly suspended FM radio feeds to the country, alleging ongoing interference.

The BBC said on Tuesday that it was suspending its World Service FM broadcasts owing to "continued interruption and interference" in its Tamil programming, but the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation denies any tampering.

"We have not jammed the programme or edited it," chairman Hudson Samarasinghe told AFP.

"They stopped the feed. They have not informed me why they did it," he said.

The BBC said its Tamil service was jammed on March 16, 17 and 18, prompting warnings to the Sri Lankan broadcaster that it was in breach of their agreement.

After another disruption on Monday, the BBC suspended the service.

The BBC said that listeners in Sri Lanka could still access the BBC on shortwave and via its website.

The BBC suspended its FM programming in Sri Lanka in similar circumstances in February 2009, during the height of fighting between troops and Tamil Tiger rebels.

Sri Lanka lifted a state of emergency in 2011, but media rights groups say journalists have been forced to self-censor their work due to fear of attacks.

Rights groups say at least 17 journalists and media workers have been killed in the country in the past decade. Many Sri Lankan journalists have also fled the island fearing violence.

The country is currently ranked 162 out of 179 countries in the press freedom index compiled by the Paris-based non-profit group, Reporters without Borders.(AFP)
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  • lal Thursday, 28 March 2013 11:00 AM

    The BBC is no longer the credible broadcaster it once was. Their reporting of British atrocities in war zones have not been forthright. Also it isn't independant, being dependent on Brit govt funding. The recent disclosure of sexual molesting of dozens of children by BBC's Jimmy Saville within BBC premises, and failure to report duly, and a probable cover up of same, makes one wonder whether BBC should be allowed to broadcast in Sri Lanka. Or anywhere else.

    Sana Thursday, 28 March 2013 11:01 AM

    I too agree with you.

    tarzan Thursday, 28 March 2013 11:09 AM

    i too personally heard such things in tamil service,

    this is how our heroes acting in internationally

    lankan Thursday, 28 March 2013 11:12 AM

    I personally evident to their interference. It irritated me a lot. Now Sri lanka government institutions also started lying as their masters do. Lies have become govnt's language.

    Hapuarachchi Thursday, 28 March 2013 11:13 AM

    He never speaks the truth!

    kriss Thursday, 28 March 2013 11:16 AM

    Mr. Husdon is telling utter lie. What BBC is telling is correct.
    I listened BBC on those stated days and there were deliberate voice interruptions by SLBC, by telling their own stories. The acts of SLBC was unethical and childish.

    Ela Malli Thursday, 28 March 2013 11:19 AM

    meka nan lemon puff kumanthranayak

    Calistus Jayatilleke Thursday, 28 March 2013 05:49 PM

    No one is prepared to believe their denials because these government entities are habitual liars whenever they get caught. Especially in this case where a well-known "Hadu" man is involved.

    Tangent Thursday, 28 March 2013 11:21 AM

    It is time for a major change. We need a government with educated people. Just deining will not do. Investigate.

    kawda boy Thursday, 28 March 2013 11:28 AM

    if only BBC plays the recorded disturbance!!!!
    Then SLBC will sing a different tune!!
    for d time being the tune is.........It wasnt me!!!!!

    Ranjit. S Thursday, 28 March 2013 12:20 PM

    Hadda may be the man behind this haddu work.

    Krish Thursday, 28 March 2013 10:05 AM

    SL Gov always deny everything like they haven't done anything.....

    MyLanka Thursday, 28 March 2013 10:08 AM

    We deny everything.... We never do anything bad...
    We are the best people on this earth...
    "Ape thoththa babala..."

    Truth Hurts Thursday, 28 March 2013 10:14 AM

    I personally heard on two consecutive days, some outside voices interfering into BBC Tamil service program between 9.15 and 9.30 p.m. Obviously, it must have been SLBC engineered, calculated acts!

    nilu Thursday, 28 March 2013 10:21 AM

    Yeah right, They will believe what Hudsin says, we all know who he is and what he does now, He is not worth talking. Looking at the work he does we feel that he is good for nothing, behaving like a thrid class moran

    renu Thursday, 28 March 2013 12:34 PM

    Vaparaya is the cause of this

    Ramzeel Thursday, 28 March 2013 10:23 AM

    Who listens to SLBC ?

    Yuri Thursday, 28 March 2013 10:28 AM

    its right, in Sri Lanka we have to read everything take the meaning opposite

    mail_guy Thursday, 28 March 2013 10:29 AM

    No we haven't jammed BBC programme. BBC itselt jammed it and blaming us. How could somebody blame the wonder of Asia?

    Fayad Thursday, 28 March 2013 10:31 AM

    Not SLBC Hadda Hadda


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