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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2400

Sri Lanka Government Suspends Raja FM radio channel with immediate effect

Colombo, 10 November, (Asiantribune.com): Raja FM is one of the channels of AEP radio and television network has been suspended.

According to a Sri Lanka Information Department’s press release, Minister of Mass Media and Information Anura Priyadharshana Yapa has suspended the radio broadcast of Raja FM in accordance with the powers entrusted on him under the Societal Good Conduct Act No 37 of 1966. The Colombo Communication Pvt Ltd has been notified of this order.

Reports revealed that Raja FM was broadcasting on a Question Answer format discussions on adult sexual issues. It was further alleged thing happening in private sexual life was taken up in the Q&A format broadcast by the FM Radio station.

Free Media Movement too alleged "There is a definite public interest in programmes and features on sexuality in the nature of entertainment, education and counselling. But making this as an excuse to propagate indecent programmes for sheer commercial reasons is violation of social responsibility of media."

FMM in a statement said, "Considering all sides of this issues FMM urge the government to have a proper transparent inquiry in to the allegations and to solve this issue by consultation and discussion within a democratic frame work."

Given below is the full text of Media release by the Department of Information regarding the suspension of the Raja FM broadcast:

The Ministry of Mass Media and Information has received a large number of complaints from the intellectuals, religious leaders, media personnel and society leaders that the RAJA FM radio channel of the Colombo Communication Pvt Ltd broadcast anti social and extremely repulsive and vulgar material that could corrupt the society, specially the younger generation. A special mention has been made on the programme titled ‘three hours with Sumali’ which contains sexually explicit, vulgar and indecent descriptions.

The Ministry of Mass Media and Information has monitored the programmes of RAJA FM and realized that the programmes were of repulsive, indecent and vulgar and they were definitely contradictory to the accepted social norms and ethics of a civilized society. The Government believes that these radio programmes are aimed at destroying the social, cultural and moral values preserved for thousands of years in Sri Lanka. It has been proved beyond doubt that these programmes are aimed at corrupting the young, specially the children and to harm the dignity of women.

The Government has a responsibility to protect the people and social values in the country. The Government will not hesitate to take any action to protect the children from such evil designs and to safeguard the dignity of women in the country. Repeated requests to the RAJA FM to immediately discontinue such vulgar and indecent programmes fell in deaf years.

In the circumstances, Minister of Mass Media and Information Hon Anura Priyadharshana Yapa has suspended the radio broadcast of RAJA FM in accordance with the powers entrusted on him under the Societal Good Conduct Act No 37 of 1966. The Colombo Communication Pvt Ltd has been notified of this order.

Anusha Palpita

Director of Government Information

- Asian Tribune -

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