The Sunday Standard
|Publisher||Standard Newspapers (Private) Limited|
|Ceased publication||24 March 2007|
The Sunday Standard was an English-language weekly newspaper in Sri Lanka published by Standard Newspapers (Private) Limited, part of Communication and Business Equipment (Private) Limited (CBE). It was founded in 2007 and was published from Colombo. Its sister newspaper was the ‘’Mawbima’’.
The Sunday Standard and its sister newspaper Mawbima were launched in August 2006. The Sunday Standard was a successor to the The Weekend Standard which had been launched by businessman Tiran Alles in August 2005 to help the presidential campaign of Mahinda Rajapaksa. The newspaper was politically independent and exposed corruption, mismanagement and human rights violations by the Rajapaksa government. This led to the newspaper being harassed by the government. The Inland Revenue Department raided a number of companies associated with the Alles family on 18 January 2007 including Standard Newspapers. On 18 February 2007 the Director Editorial of Standard Newspapers was threatened with death if the newspapers continued to publish articles critical of President Rajapaksa's brothers Basil Rajapaksa and Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. Dushyantha Basnayake, Finance Director of CBE, was arrested by the Terrorist Investigation Department (TID) on 26 February 2007 allegedly for giving money to the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. The TID questioned numerous newspaper staff for many days. The TID raided the offices of CBE on 5 March 2007, seizing financial documents and correspondence. On 6 March 2007 CBE's mobile phone services in the north and east of the country were suspended by the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission on the orders of Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. The bank accounts to Standard Newspapers and CBE were frozen on 7 March 2007 on the orders of President Rajapaksa. The last issue of The Sunday Standard and Mawbima were published on 24 March 2007.
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