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* Sri Lanka's television service providers accused of blocking the common candidate's first interview
Sat, Nov 22, 2014, 11:17 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Nov 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's private television service providers have allegedly blocked the common opposition candidate's first TV interview, media reports said here.

Peo TV cable television network and Dialog TV satellite television network have reportedly blocked the Sirasa TV from broadcasting the "Satana" program which interviewed the common opposition candidate and several other members of opposition. The program was live streamed on the internet.

The subscribers have complained that Peo TV cable television network and Dialog TV satellite television network have blocked Sirasa, Shakthi and MTV Sports channels of the MTV/MBC media network.

The Dialog network was back in the air after the 'Satana' program was over, the subscribers said.

Common opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena, former Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, JHU MP Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thero and JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayaka were participating in the programme.

This is the Sirisena's first comprehensive television programme as the challenger to the President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Millions of TV spectators' right to watch the programme was blocked by the government, media analysts said. News 1st said it has uploaded the complete program on to You Tube and viewers can watch the program uninterrupted on internet .

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