Centre for Policy Alternatives on 23 April, 2014

CPA complaint against the Independent Television Network of Sri Lanka (ITN) to be taken up on 24th April 2014

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23rd April 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Complaint filed by the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) and its Executive Director (Complaint No: HRC/3083/13) before the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) against the Independent Television Network of Sri Lanka (ITN) and its Chairmen will be taken up for hearing tomorrow (Thursday, 24th April 2014) at 10.30 at the premises of the HRCSL at No. 165 Kynsey Road, Borella, Colombo 8.

We appreciate your presence and coverage of this hearing.

The complaint which filed on 12 August 2013 was on the basis that a news item appearing on the 7:00pm Sinhala language news broadcast of ITN on Sunday 14th July 2013 violates several fundamental rights of both CPA and its Executive Director which are guaranteed under the Constitution to all citizens of Sri Lanka.

The Complaint was inquired into for the first time on the 11 February 2014 by the HRCSL. During this inquiry ITN (the Chairman being present in person) took up the position that they were unaware of the news broadcast in question. Consequently, at the request of Attorney-at-law appearing on behalf of CPA and its Executive Director, it was directed that a DVD recording containing the ITN news item be handed over to the Chairman of ITN at the inquiry.

A copy of the Complaint made by CPA to the HRCSL is available here