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Popular tv presenter Parami Ranasinghe of the state-owned Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC) has been suspended with immediate effect for criticising President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on social media.

She said that she has been barred from entering the SLRC premises due to a post she had made on her personal Facebook page.

A talented voice artist, she also hosted many popular programmes such as Nuga Sevana, Rividina Arunella, Susara Dehana, Chakravataya, Hard Talk and Guruthalawa.

Meanwhile, Media Minister Dullas Alahapperuma who claimed that the Sri Lankan President and the government are “open to constructive criticism” and have never considered placing restrictions on the freedom of speech of government critics is yet to make a statement regarding the issue.

The Facebook post that led to her suspension is found below.

 

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