Written by Bella Dalima
12 Dec, 2014 | 9:40 pm
A fundamental rights petition was filed in the Supreme court on Friday, against the disruption of transmission of the Satana Programme that was aired on Sirasa TV at 7.30 p.m on November 22.
The petition was filed by Attorney-at-Law, J.A. Manjusri Chandrasena, who is a resident of Yatiyanthota – Udapitiya.
His petition named as respondents, Sri Lanka Telecom, the Electronic Communications Committee; Secretary to the Ministry of Mass Media and Information, Charitha Herath. Minister of Mass Media and Information, Keheliya Rambukwella and the Attorney General.
The petition reads that Attorney-at-Law Manjusri was preparing to watch the popular political programme Satana on November 22 but found that he was unable to do so.
After an unsuccessful attempt to watch it on the cable network PEO TV, Manjusri contacted PEO TV, to ask why he could not watch this programme, but failed to receive a satisfactory answer.
He had then proceeded to contact the Sirasa TV channel who stated that they had aired the programme but that it was blocked by the PEO TV.
He alleges that his fundamental rights have been violated as a result of this censorship, and that this was done by PEO TV which comes under the Ministry of Mass Media and Information.
Accordingly, Manjusri requests that his petition be heard and that a concession fee of 10 million rupees be paid for the violation of fundamental rights – as the first, second, third and fourth respondents named in the petition are responsible for the censorship of a programme that he takes great pleasure in viewing.
He requests that an inquiry be conducted as soon as possible and for this matter to be taken up in court on December 13 and 14.
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