Posts Tagged ‘SLBC’

BBC suspends Sri Lanka FM reports

Monday, February 9th, 2009


The BBC World Service is to stop providing radio news to Sri Lanka’s state broadcaster because of what it calls “deliberate interference”. A statement said FM broadcasts to the Sri Lankan Broadcasting Corporation would be suspended from Tuesday. The BBC said many of its news reports in Sinhala, Tamil and English had been blocked or only partially broadcast. The SLBC chairman admitted censoring BBC programming, saying he had a duty to do so at a time of war. “The BBC made it clear to SLBC that such interference and blocking meant that BBC programming was being editorially compromised by SLBC’s actions and this was contrary to the BBC’s contractual agreement with SLBC.

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SLBC censorship ‘breach of privilege’

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

[ BBC Sinhala ]

The leader of the opposition in Sri Lanka has raised a point of privilege over censorship of his speeches by a state owned radio station. Opposition and United National Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickramasinghe requested speaker of the parliament to investigate Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) censoring his speeches. Mr. Wickramasinghe said SLBC has played music over his statement in parliament over the killing of Sunday Leader editor, Lasantha Wickramathunga which was broadcast on BBC Sandeshaya.

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