FMM concerned over termination of editorial director, cartoonist
According to the statement Mr. Alahakoon has forwarded to the FMM, so far no charge sheet has been given to him and the termination of his service has only been conveyed to Mr. Alahakoon verbally. It seems that he has not been given any letter indicating that his services have been terminated. Nor has Ceylon Newspapers (Pvt) Ltd taken any action to justify the termination of the services of Mr. Siriwardana.
The FMM, as an organization which stands for freedom of expression and the well being of the media industry in Sri Lanka, expresses its deep disappointment over this series of events.
At present, media institutions in Sri Lanka are increasingly falling under the government's grip. Media institutions are forced to practice a great amount of self censorship. In such a situation these kind of non democratic incidents do not help at all in furthering media freedom in Sri Lanka.
In this context, the FMM especially appeals to the Sri Lanka Editors Guild, News Papers (owners) Society and to all media freedom organizations to initiate a discussion on the concept of editorial freedom and the rights and duties of newspaper owners, in order to arrive at a common ground that all stake holders can partake in.