(Lanka-e-News – 22.July.2017, 11.30PM) The staff over 200 in number including journalists of Rivira Media Corporation Ltd. which publishes ‘Rivira’ and ‘The Nation ‘ newspapers run by the Medamulana Rajapakses through Nilanka Rajapakse a ‘shadow’ of shady Medamulana have not been paid their salaries for the last two and half months, based on reports reaching Lanka e news.
These administrators alias beggars have told the staff last Thursday (20) who were working there to collect Rs.5000.00 each as an allowance. The employees had refused to collect that sum, and demanded the full arrears of payment- the two and half months salaries.
The individual by the name of Sena Yadehiyage who purchased Richard Peiris in 2006 , soon after Rajapakses came to power in 2005 launched the Rivira newspaper. Later somewhere in 2008 , the Rajapakses who entertained the notion that all the media should be brought under their control bought the Rivira newspaper from Sena Yadehiyage through Nilanka Rajapakse and Prassanna Wickremesuriya who is a relative of Medamulana .Subsequently a popular casino magnate Ravi Wijeratne invested in Rivira. But with the defeat of the Rajapakses in 2014, Ravi Wijeratne quit Rivira.
Though Rivira publicized , it sold 6000 daily newspapers and about 100, 000 copies of its weekend newspaper , in truth only about 20000 newspapers were printed . This Institution which was publishing daily and weekend newspapers along with a woman’s newspaper , Children’s newspaper , an astrology news magazine as well as a weekend English newspaper was on the decline day by day.
Owing to non payment of rent ,the printing establishment at Maradana had to be shifted , and a location at Borella had to be sought. Currently , the printing of the newspapers is being carried out through the printing establishment machineries of Virakesari Co. A large sum of money is owing to Virakesari on this account.
As is often the case , Nilanka Rajapakse being a crooked shadow of the equally or more crooked and corrupt Rajapakses is a racketeer who is residing abroad .Therefore there is no one to directly resolve the salary issues of the staff .
The more pathetic aspect to this dire situation is , the journalists who expose the injustice and woes faced by others is not in a position to express their own predicament and plight through their own media . It is only Lanka e news which always champions the cause of justice , truth and fair play come what may is there to expose their abysmal sufferings fearlessly , forthrightly and frankly.
It is the duty of those responsible to find a swift solution to these deeply afflicted media personnel without allowing the crooked and corrupt Rajapakses to save the culprit as usual and drive the affected and afflicted into graver despair .
by (2017-07-23 00:26:59)