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Sri Lanka: The daily newspaper "Lankadeepa"; whether it was in existence between February and December 1999 (1999-August 2001)

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada
Publication Date 10 August 2001
Citation / Document Symbol LKA37685.E
Reference 2
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Founded in October 1947 by journalist D.B. Dhanapala, the Sinhala-language daily newspaper Lankadeepa, also known as Lankadipa, was acquired by Wijeya Newspapers Limited in 1991 (The Sunday Times 1998; Daily News 2 Oct. 1997; Gunaratne and Wattegama 2000). With an estimated circulation of 134,000 and a readership of 670,000, it is Sri Lanka's most popular newspaper, and was the first to publish a weekly Internet edition in April 1997 (ibid.). According to Shelton Gunaratne and Chanuka Wattegama, authors of the Sri Lanka chapter in the Handbook of the Media in Asia,

Politically, the Lankadipa (Wijeya) leans toward the pro-UNP sympathies of its owner. However, it is the most independent of the four Sinhala dailies ... Lankadipa is noted for highlighting crime, specially sex-related crime. Lankadipa also puts out seven provincial editions, all of them printed in Colombo (ibid.).

In correspondence dated 13 August 2001, the editor of Lankadeepa stated that the newspaper "never ceased publication at any time between January 1999 and January 2000. In fact, it never ceased [publication] since Wijeya Newspapers Ltd took over the paper in 1986."

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.


Daily News [Colombo]. 2 October 1997. Lionel Yodhasinghe. "Dharmasiri Jayakody Notches 50 Years as Journalist." [Accessed 3 Aug. 2001]

Gunaratne, Shelton and Chanuka Wattegama. 2000. "Sri Lanka." in Handbook of the Media in Asia. Edited by Shelton Gunaratne. New Delhi: Sage. [Accessed 3 Aug. 2001]

Lankadipa, Colombo. 13 August 2001. Correspondence from editor.

The Sunday Times [Colombo]. 1998. "Wijeya Newspapers Ltd." [Accessed 3 Aug. 2001]

Additional Sources Consulted

IRB databases.

Unsuccessful attempts to contact Lankadeepa.

Internet sites including:

Daily News [Colombo]. 2000-2001.

Lankadeepa [Colombo].

Spotlight on Sri Lanka.

Tamil Canadian Services.


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