When opposition Presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka arrived at the
Sri Dalada Maligawa in Kandy to pay homage to the Sacred Tooth Relic the
media was debarred from entering the precincts and covering the event by
his security officers.
A large number of journalists representing various media institutions
present on the occasion were aghast at the indifference shown by
officers providing security to Fonseka.
When journalists questioned why they were prevented from covering the
event the security officers said they were acting on orders given by
higher echelons. Many journalists present said this clearly indicated
what was in store for them if such candidate was elected to power.
When journalists complained to Diyawadana Nilame Pradeep Nilanga Dela
Bandara about the matter he said journalists are given media passes by
Maligawa authorities to cover events at the Maligawa without hindrance
or restriction and no one else has powers to overrule it.