Sri Lanka business chambers condemn attack on TV station

Jan 06, 2009 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s top business chambers condemned an attack on a private television station, saying the government’s credibility is at stake if it failed to bring the culprits to justice and prevent further attacks. The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) said in separate statements the attack on the TV broadcaster was the latest in a long line of threats and violence against the media and urged the government to ensure media freedom.

“Attacks on media institutions have taken place regularly in the recent past,” the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce said in a statement.

“It is regrettable that inspite of condemnation and calls for decisive action by many business and civil society organizations, such attacks continue to take place unabated.”

The studio complex of Maharaja Television, which has popular Sinhala, English and Tamil television and radio stations, was smashed by a group of armed men who came in a van without number plates in the early hours of Tuesday.

“In the past, such acts had been followed by assurances of speedy investigations and action,” the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce said. “However, assurances of the conduct of investigat