Fort Magistrate Kanishka Wijeratne today decided that the ruling of the petition against the Black January protest will be handed 0 January 25th. The Black January protest is scheduled to be held in front of Colombo Fort Railway Station on the same day.
Organised by Sri Lanka’s Alliance of Media Organizations, the Black January demonstration is a mark of protest against the government’s suppression of the media.
The event is named as Black January in view of the media attacks in the months of January in the past three years – including the killing of Lasantha Wickramatunga, attack on Sirasa Media Network and the disappearance of Prageeth Ekneligoda.
The ruling was postponed after the Magistrate ruled that facts produced were insufficient.
The petition was filed by the Fort Police claiming that the protest demonstration would disturb public peace.
Earlier, in a press release, the Media Movement for Democracy charged that there is an attempt to obtain a court order against holding the demonstration, to prevent public from joining the event.
24 January 2012 19:28