The BBC has officially banned Azzam Ameen from conducting political interviews or attending press conferences, Colombo Telegraph learns.
Ameen, who has built a considerable reputation for being a fearless and probing journalist who was also recently adjudged the most popular journalist in social media, has been informed by his superiors that he will not be allowed to do political interviews or attend press conferences.
While reasons have not been given, sources say that the move is possibly related to a recent story filed by Ameen that forced President Maithripala Sirisena to stop the appointment of a controversial figure as Anuruddha Polgampola as the Timber Corporation Chairman.
Sources add, that BBC Sinhala‘s chief Sangeeth Kalubowila, is a close friend of Dharmasiri Bandara Ekanayake, the Senior media Director to the President at President’s Office and both of them earlier worked together at thee media organisation MTV (Sirasa).
“Issue is that. They are trying to control even international media through their links,” sources told Colombo Telegraph.
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