The Morning Leader was in operation at the beginning of the twentieth century. The paper powerfully moulded public opinion when it was under the management and editorship of Armand de Souza and played a vital role during the Riots of 1915. It was owned by the De Soysa family. After the demise of Armond de Souza, Prof J.C.L. Rodrigo became it's editor. Others who were associated with the paper include Sir James Peiris, Sir Susantha de Fonseka and Dr. W. A. de Silva. Morning Leader went out of business and ceased publication in 1932 (until it was refounded by Mr. Lasantha Wickramatunge six decades later).