CID to start a probe against Sri Lanka media organization for fraud

Original Post | Colombo Page | June 22 2012

Sri Lanka government sources say that an investigation will be started regarding a complaint against the Free Media Movement (FMM), a media organization of Sri Lanka that claims to be struggling for the rights of the journalists.

According to a local media report, the police have received a complaint from a foreign country regarding a massive fraud in FMM. Several millions of rupees of funds that the organization received from various quarters have been reportedly misappropriated by several persons in the organization.

Local media recently reported that 40 million rupees of the organization’s funds have been unaccounted for financial years 2008 and 2009.

Under the Sri Lankan law the FMM has to submit its annual accounts to the NGO Commissioner but it has not done so, media reports say. Meanwhile, sources close to Free Media Movement say that the organization has taken a decision recently in a closed-door meeting not to take up the issue further.

Meanwhile sources say that the FMM convener Sunil Jayasekara has resigned from the post and a new person, Sharmini Boyle has been appointed to the post.

Several leading activists of the FMM have fled the country in the past saying their lives were under threat, but the sources say that the main reason of their migration is the need to cover the frauds.

A former convener, Sunanda Deshapriya, who has been accused of ethical misconduct and misappropriation of funds, has fled the country in 2008 citing threats to his life from the government.

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