“I am sure that Ambassador Dhanapala will act within the framework of good corporate governance and in so doing uphold the best principles and practices of governance in general. “ Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, the Executive Director of the Centre for Policy Alternatives told Colombo Telegraph.
Dr. Saravanamuttu made above remarks when ask his opinion on Jayantha Dhanapala‘s roles as a director of Dialog and as a member of the Civil Society group Friday Forum. Dialog continues to block access in Sri Lanka to news websites critical of the government including the Colombo Telegraph.
“On the face of it that there is an issue appears to have been established. What remains is its resolution within the framework and in conformity with the principles and practices mentioned above. This would strengthen the civil society contribution to governance in the country.” Dr. Saravanamuttu further said.
Speaking to Colombo Telegraph yesterday Dr. Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri said; “This is a serious allegation. As a key public figure who is in the frontline in defending democratic rights in recent times, he has a duty to defend himself against this allegation. While acknowledging his role in raising his voice against the growing authoritarian tendency in Sri Lanka, I would like him to be equally outspoken when business interests are cooperating with the anti-democratic regime. Perhaps business interests are more damaging for freedom of expression and right to information than the state repression because the former is more subtle. I think, therefore, that The Colombo Telegraph has every right to ask Dr. Dhanapala for a clarification on this serious matter, and we the readers of the Colombo Telegraph too should do the same.”