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A television interview of controversial left camp political activist Kumar Gunaratnam had been prevented from being telecast due to external influence from the top, the Frontline Socialist Party charged today.

Party Spokesman Pubudu Jayagoda said the television channel, Independent Television Network (ITN), had telecast a number of trailers of the interview until a few hours prior to airing the interview on Thursday April 2 at 10p.m.

 “Such teasers were aired till around 7.00 p.m. on Thursday. We facilitated the interview of Kumar Gunaratnam. We assume a top influential hand had led to the television’s decision to prevent the interview from being telecast. However, we didn’t ask the television channel as to why it had decided so,” he said.

Rejecting claims of external influence to prevent the interview from being telecast, ITN Working Director Dhanushka Ramanayake said the decision was taken following instructions of the institute’s legal advisors and the decision was taken only to ‘suspend’ the interview and not to stop.    

“The decision was taken under the instructions of legal advisors because of the nature of the person who was interviewed.  Securing the future of the institute was also a reason for the suspension. However, the decision is not permanent and we will telecast the interview once we receive the advisors’ approval,” he said. (Lahiru Pothmulla)
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  • de silva Tuesday, 07 April 2015 12:05 AM

    Did he back back again from Australia.I thought he was deported to his country.

    Nims Tuesday, 07 April 2015 03:20 AM

    Pubudu Jayagoda you need to read the Immigration Law in the country before you talk. How can a government allow to broadcast an interview of a person who is wanted by the Immigration. Ask him to come out from the hole where he is hiding and talk in public

    Sincere Tuesday, 07 April 2015 12:53 PM

    Even after rotten carcasses removed still the flies roam around!

    Gobba Tuesday, 07 April 2015 12:53 PM

    This is becoming a Circus. Arrest this man and his cronies. He is a WANTED MAN for violation of his Visa.

    serer Tuesday, 07 April 2015 01:20 PM

    Becoz Yaha Palanaya

    Fair N Square Tuesday, 07 April 2015 06:19 AM

    Charge those who are hiding him for contempt of court, He has an order issed by court to be deported. How come the Elite CID is unable to track him, while small sprats get netted? Also arrest those who are aiding and abetting this man for harboring a wrong doer, who has been ordered deported...

    Raj Tuesday, 07 April 2015 09:16 AM

    What is he still doing here?Thought he was expelled never to return. Joke!

    lal Tuesday, 07 April 2015 09:36 AM

    Arrest Pubudu Jagoda then Kumar will come out.

    Ex-JVPer Tuesday, 07 April 2015 05:29 PM

    Pro-democracy mouthpiece Comrade ANURA Kumara was behind this act! These bankrupt Marxists freedom of speech is only for them! They belong to the clan of more equals among equals!


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