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* Resigned Sri Lankan newspaper editor to brief media today
Wed, May 7, 2014, 12:00 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

May 07, Colombo: The editor of a Sri Lankan daily, who resigned from the post claiming pressure from higher authorities, will brief the media this afternoon on the reasons for his resignation.

Saman Wagarachchi, the editor of the Sinhala daily newspaper 'Lakbima' handed his resignation to the CEO of Sumathi Publishers, Sujeewa Godaliyedda Tuesday.

Wagarachchi claimed in his resignation that he has been requested by the management to resign due to pressure from higher authorities over articles published in the newspaper as well as over his role in convening the Action Committee for Media Freedom, which is a group of 10 media associations.

He told the BBC that main reason for the management to ask for his resignation is his campaign to unite the media organizations in Sri Lanka to fight for the public's right to information and the media freedom.

Wagarachchi said the Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and UNP parliamentarian Sajith Premadasa, both unhappy about reports he published, have influenced the owner of the Lakbima newspaper, ruling party MP Thilanga Sumathipala.

However, MP Sumathipala has rejected the allegation saying that he does not influence the affairs of the newspaper.

The Action Committee for Media Freedom in Sri Lanka, an organization working to establish media freedom in the country, has commenced a campaign to demand for legislation on the right to information.

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