“I have known Mr. Dhanapala for many years. I have always known him as a man of great integrity and independence. I would therefore give him the benefit of the doubt and would not want to make any judgment until I know all the facts and have heard his version of this whole dilemma,” wrote Radhika Coomaraswamy, in response to a request for comment, from Colombo Telegraph, on what has been characterized by others, as an “ethically untenable” position Ambassador Jayantha Dhanapala is in, as a director of Dialog Axiata PLC and a member of the Friday Forum.
Friday Forum member Coomaraswamy’s position is that, “The only facts we know have been presented by CT and of course you are a party to the conflict.”
There are, however, no facts that are in dispute. There is no dispute that Ambasidor Dhanapala is a director of Dialog Axiata PLC. Neither is there a dispute that he is a key member of Friday Forum.
A few days ago, Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu said, “Given the information now in the public realm, I believe that the two positions – one within Dialog which blocks Colombo Telegraph and the other within Friday Forum which champions democratic governance – are incompatible. In that position, I would choose between them.”
“I am at the moment in New York teaching at NYU and have not met Mr. Dhanapala. However I completely agree that the blocking of your website is a complete violation of freedom of expression and a denial of the public’s right to know.” Coomaraswamy further said.
History of Colombo Telegraph blocking
First -December 26, 2011 – We are blocked but we will not be stopped
Second – May 8, 2012 – Colombo Telegraph Blocked Again
Fourth – August 23, 2013 – Colombo Telegraph Blocked, How To Reach Us Now: Sri Lanka Telecom And Mobitel Joins The DPI Club!