TRC comes under fire in Parliament over TNL issue

The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) came under fire in Parliament today over the decision to seal a tower belonging to TNL TV in Polgahawela.

Joint opposition leader Dinesh Gunawardena said that the TRC was misusing its powers by sealing the TNL TV tower.

Gunawardena demanded that the Government state its position on the matter and remove the ban on the access to the TNL TV tower.

Parliamentarian Buddhika Pathirana said that it was disgraceful to see what is taking place where the media are now coming under attack.

He said that steps must be taken to ensure media freedom is in place.

Minister Malik Samarawickrama said that he opposed the action taken on TNL TV. He said the Government is firmly for media freedom and does not act on any media which attacks the Government.

The telecommunications regulator had on Wednesday defended its action against TNL TV saying it had no “undue ambition.”

The TRCSL (Telecommunications Regulatory Commission Sri Lanka) emphasized that there was no undue ambition behind the action.

The TRC said that the TV station was illegally operating two frequencies “from time to time.” (Colombo Gazette)