The Lanka Academic

JULY 16, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 5, NO. 102

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CPA and FMM urges a ‘more democratised state media’
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, July 16, 2004, 10.24 p.m.. The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) and the Free Media Movement (FMM) jointly urged all political parties to commit themselves to a common programme of action aimed at democratising the State-controlled media in Sri Lanka. Issuing a joint statement the FMM and CPA said, “There are several key principles common to the reforms reiterated below. The first principle concerns is to remove political control over the public service media, and includes bringing Sri Lanka in line with best practices in modern democracies whereby public service media constitutes a fundamental instrument of pluralism and the realisation of civil and political rights of citizenship. The second major principle concerns the design of institutions that are efficient at the same time as they are transparent and accountable”. “The need therefore is to find an appropriate institutional form that gives expression to these principles, which in turn represents a move away from the anachronistic assumptions that govern the state media structures in Sri Lanka today”, the joint statement added.
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Parliament’s public gallery closed due to rowdy behaviour of MPs
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, July 16, 2004, 10.30 p.m.. Parliament Secretary General Priyani Wijesekera said that the public gallery of Parliament has been closed indefinitely. Sources said that the Parliament officials decided to close the gallery due to the recent ‘unethical behaviour pattern adopted by the MPs, during Parliamentary sittings. The date as to when the gallery would be reopened will be decided on the 20th of this month, when Parliament resumes.

She also said that this decision has been taken at a meeting when the Speaker and top Parliamentary officials were present. However she said that relatives of new Parliamentarians due to be sworn in on July 20th would be allowed to sit at the public gallery on that day.
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Minority parties stand by Speaker Lokubandara
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, July 16, 2004, 11.04 p.m.. The Tamil National Alliance, Ceylon Workers Congress and the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress have said that they will not support the Government’s decision to oust Speaker W.J.M. Lokubandara.

The United Peoples Freedom Alliance early this week, called upon the Speaker to step down from his post after he lost his Haputale seat at the recent Provincial Council election. According to members of these three minority political parties, the Government’s request from the Speaker was ‘very unfair especially because the Provincial polls had no connection to the General election’. “It is the majority in Parliament that elected him and so they cant make such a unfair demand,” the members of these three parties reportedly said, adding that their parties will not support any moves by the Government to remove Mr. Lokubandara.
Published: Fri Jul 16 13:06:07 EDT 2004 Back to the top

FMM wants full probe into police assault against journalists
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, July 15, 2004, 11.15 p.m.. Following the police assault on a group of journalists, who went to cover a protest campaign in Kosgoda yesterday, the Free Media Movement (FMM) today requested IGP Indra De Silva to carry a full investigation into the attacks and take necessary steps to prevent such instances... Back to the top

RSF Slams Rising Media Abuse in Sri Lanka, 16 July 2004. Champika Liyanaarachchi, COLOMBO, July 15 (OneWorld) - Attacks on journalists have soared in conflict-torn eastern Sri Lanka, with around a dozen media persons attempting to flee the country, even as international media group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) released a report urging immediate action... Back to the top

Secretary General of Peace Secretariat to visit Batticaloa.
SCOPP Communications Unit, 15th July 2004. The Secretary General of the Secretariat for Coordinating the Peace Process (SCOPP) Mr... Back to the top

Government says Sri Lanka having dengue epidemic
Associated Press, Fri July 16, 2004 04:46 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - urged citizens on Friday to prevent mosquitoes from breeding amid a dengue fever epidemic in the tropical island country... Back to the top

PCB wary of betting mafia in Sri Lanka, Friday, July 16 2004 12:03 Hrs (IST). Islamabad: Pakistan cricketers have been warned by their Board to be very cautious of attempts by the illegal betting mafia, who may employ fancy fixing methods to influence the outcome of matches in the Asia Cup... Back to the top

Visa broker pleads guilty in immigration bribery scheme
Associated Press, Fri July 16, 2004 18:44 EDT . - - SACRAMENTO (AP) A visa broker pleaded guilty Friday in federal court to bribery and visa fraud in a scheme that involved paying kickbacks to a married couple who worked at the U... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to partly withdraw tax amnesty, Friday 16 July 2004. COLOMBO - Sri Lanka's revenue authorities are planning to partially withdraw an amnesty granted by the previous government and chase down millions of dollars in tax arrears, an official said Thursday... Back to the top

Scorers' boycott mess cricket Asia Cup scorecards
Associated Press, Fri July 16, 2004 09:02 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A boycott by senior scorers attached to the Sri Lankan cricket board has caused chaos in maintaining the scorecards at the Asia Cup , which began Friday in Sri Lanka - ... Back to the top

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