Free Media Movement yesterday urged the
government not to stop the telecast of "Sudu Kapuru Pethi"
The Rupavahini Corporation has stopped
telecasting the teledrama without giving any reasons after the
10th episode from last week. This action marks another blow to
freedom of expression and highlights the negative impact of
government political control of what should be an independent
public broadcaster capable of reflecting the rich tapestry of
Sri Lankan society, the FMM said.
The teledrama "Sudu Kapuru Pethi" is
based on the award winning youth novel published in 2003 and was
produced by Atula Peries, and award winning dramatist working at
the SLRC as a producer. The story is set amidst the ongoing
Unofficially it has been told that the teledrama
was banned because it discusses issues related to the Tamil
people. By abruptly stopping the telecast without the knowledge
of the producer, the phrase "Jaffna tears is cold as tears in
Hambantota" in the last episode shown on SLRC reflects the level
of censorship considered acceptable by the national broadcaster.
Recreating and promoting tolerance of diversity
is a right of cultural productions. Banning of the seemingly
uncontroversial ‘Sudu Kapuru Pethi" reflects the
continuing suppression of cultural production in Sri Lanka.
The Free Media Movement condemns the said action
and requests the SLRC authorities to allow "Sudu Kapuru Pethi"
to be telecast on SLRC.