’The Central Committee of the Communist
Party of Sri Lanka met on Saturday the July 14, 2006 and decided
to launch a Fund to protect their 56-year-old Party Organ ‘Maubima’.
Its Political Bureau was authorized to take all possible steps
to defend their intellectual property and their right to own and
publish a Newspaper.
It called upon the Party membership,
sympathizers, trade unions and other mass organisations to rally
round the Party for the protection of ‘Maubima’ and its right to
existence as the Party organ.
A statement from the Party said "Maubima’, as
the Party organ, commenced its long journey on September, 1st
1950 consequent to a decision taken at the party’s historic
National Congress of 1950 held in Matara. It is historically
significant that the Party organ "Maubima" was founded and
launched by Dr. S. A. Wickremasinghe as the General Secretary of
the Party. It should b recalled that Dr. S. A. Wickremasinghe
was the first and only Editor in Sri Lanka who served 2 years in
jail for having written an editorial in the Party organ against
The first Editor of ‘Maubima’ was H. G. S. Rathnaweera and in
his first editorial he has explained as to why the name of
‘Maubima’ was chosen as the trade name of the Newspaper. The
Communist party of Sri Lanka recommenced the publication of
‘Maubima’on June 1 this year in preparation for the 25th death
anniversary of Dr. S. A. Wickremasinghe and for its 18th
National Congress to be held in August, 2006.