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Real motives of VOA at Iranawila questioned

The real motives of the operations of the Voice of America (VOA) at Iranawila was questioned in Parliament today.

Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Parliamentarian Bimal Rathnayake said that while the VOA was a media institution, there was an allegation it operated as a spy agency in Sri Lanka.

He questioned the Media Ministry if the laws of the Sri Lankan Government had applied to the land where the Voice of America operated from and if the activities conducted and programmes broadcast by the Voice of America were monitored.

Deputy Minister of Media Lasantha Alagiyawanna said that Voice of America was no more in operation and the land has been acquired by the Government.

Rathnayake said that the Government must gather information on the former employees of the Voice of America.

Alagiyawanna said there was no information on the staff who had worked at the media institution but the Government will look into it since the Parliamentarian requested information.

Earlier this year the US Government informed Sri Lanka it had decided to close the Voice of America operations in Sri Lanka.

During the time of its operation, the US Government had developed the Iranawila property, building roads, clearing and levelling the land, building drainage canals, fences, and modern office buildings.

The US Government has also installed service connections to public utilities and 4.2Mw of onsite self-generated power. (Colombo Gazette)

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