This is an automatically generated PDF version of the online resource sri-lanka.mom-rsf.org/en/ retrieved on 2019/04/20 at 15:33
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) & Verité Research - all rights reserved, published under Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
Verité Research LOGO
Reporters without borders

Lanka C News

Lanka C News is a Sinhala language website that publishes both political and non-political news. While the ownership of the website remains unknown, academic and press reports widely consider the website’s ownership to be affiliated with the Leader of the National Freedom Front (NFF), Wimal Weerawansa. In 2017, the Groundviews newspaper filed a Right To Information (RTI) with the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) in order to determine the reasons behind websites that had been blocked from January 2015 to November 2017. The respective RTI revealed that from a total of 13 websites, 4 websites, including Lanka C News, had been blocked for “publishing incorrect information and damaging the President’s reputation”.

Key facts

Audience Share

Missing Data

Ownership Type

Private

Geographic Coverage

International

Content Type

Free

Data Unavailable

ownership data is not publicly available, company/channel denies the release of information or does not respond, no public record exists

1 ♥
Ownership

Ownership Structure

Missing Data

Voting Rights

Missing Data

Group / Individual Owner

?
Facts

General Information

Founding Year

Missing Data

Founder

Missing Data

Affiliated Interests Founder

Missing Data

Ceo

Missing Data

Affiliated Interests Ceo

Missing Data

Editor-In-Chief

Missing Data

Affiliated Interests Editor-In-Chief

Missing Data

Affiliated Interests other important people

Wimal Weerawansa is a Member of Parliament and the Leader of the National Freedom Front (NFF). Prior to this, he was a member of the left-leaning party, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP). Within parliament, he is involved in the Sectoral Oversight Committee on Sustainable Development and Environment and Natural Resources and Ministerial Consultative Committee on Defence. Academia and press reports either confirm that he is the owner of Lanka C News, or note that he is closely affiliated with the website. However, MOM team was unable to find a direct link between the outlet and Wimal Weerawansa.

Contact

Email: Cnewseditor@gmail.com

Skype: lankacnews

Website: lankacnews.com

Financial Information

Revenue (in Mill. $)

Missing Data

Operating Profit (in Mill. $)

Missing Data

Advertising (in % of total funding)

Missing Data

Market Share

Missing Data

Further Information

Meta Data

Lanka C News does not provide details related to its founder, founding year, ownership structure or sufficient contact details for inquires. As such, the MOM research team cited secondary sources. While several news sites and blog posts directly mentioned Wimal Weerawansa as the owner, the credibility of these sources remains questionable. The MOM research team cited two academic publications and two press reports as examples of the existing discussion around Lanka C News’ ownership. Author and Professor Nira Wickramasinghe mentions Wimal Weerawansa as the owner of the website. Meanwhile, Dr. Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri states that the website is operated by the supporters of Wimal Weerawansa. The state-owned newspaper, the Sunday Observer, wrote that Lanka C News is “owned and operated by Wimal Weerawansa”, while the Sunday Times stated that the website was “known to be run by him [Wimal Weerawansa]”. Owing to the lack of credible information, the MOM team did not cite an owner.

  • Project by
    Verité Research
  •  
    Reporters without borders
  • Funded by
    BMZ