“Govt., cultural affairs minister treading on same path taken by Rajapaksa regime” “Govt., cultural affairs minister treading on same path taken by Rajapaksa regime”
Aug 22, 2018

“Wijayadasa treads on Mahinda’s path” - Socialist Arts Union Featured

Noting that the right to expression is paramount in a democratic state, the Socialist Arts Union alleges the present regime that came to power for good governance and its cultural affairs minister are treading on the same path the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime took.

The Union, in a statement issued by Premaratne Tennakoon, accuses the government of interferences to block the right to expression.

It says the government has no ethical right to censor the artistic creations and the right to expression of the artistes, without building a policy and a programme to nurture arts and culture.

The union says it disapproves of the government’s interference to censor the radio drama series by Malaka Devapriya, ‘Budunge Rastiyaduwa’, a book by K.K. Srinath and Asanga Sayakkara’s stage play ‘Mama Kelin Minihek.’

The statement says even the Union has criticisms about some of their contents, but that it disapproves of the censoring of artistes’ right to expression.

It urges intellectuals, artistes and the viewers to rally for that right.

WIjedasaRajapaksha 670px 16 06 18Wijayadasa Rajapakshe complains to police against ‘Budunge Rastiyaduwa’Cultural affairs minister Wijayadasa Rajapakshe has written to IGP Pujith Jayasundara, asking him to take legal action against ‘Budunge Rastiyaduwa’.

The minister charges the book has been written in a manner that insulted Buddha and Buddhism, causing much pain and sorrow for Buddhists.

He says its writer, publisher, distributer and the sellers have committed a criminal offence under the penal code.

Meanwhile, the Buddhist Information Centre on August 20 complained to the police headquarters, accusing ex-president Chandrika Kumaratunga’s Office for National Unity and Reconciliation of preparing a series of radio dramas to insult Buddhism.

Meanwhile, ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa said it is very unfortunate that programmes are being created now to insult Buddhism.MahindaRajapaksa 600px 16 12 26Programmes are created to insult Buddhism – Mahinda Rajapaksa

He told a function on August 19 that all have a responsibility and obligation to save Buddhism.

State-run ITN FM (93.5 fm/93.7 fm) broadcasts Malaka Devapriya’s ‘Radio Katha’ every Saturday from 9.00 pm to 10.00 pm.

Sponsored by ONUR, these drama series does not have one titled ‘Nirwastran Paraman Sukan’ as claimed.

Scheduled for broadcast are:

1. Nadan Patachara
2. Aluthma Article Eka
3. Indrajalika Magul Senakeli
4. Kindabesa Serisaranna
5. Manavida Mana
6. Tharuwan Saranai
7. Alawaka Damanaya
8. Rangadena Kapuvo
9. Bhashmanthara
10. Niyon Sepa Lebewa
11. Nirabhisheka
12. Roma Rupana
13. Suwadena Agni
14. Ekathena Kerakuma
15. Nawanalu Dahama

ONUR says in a statement that any similarities in the titles of these dramas to other references are regretted and that they will be changed.

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