Ceylon Morning Leader

The Ceylon Morning Leader was an English language daily newspaper in Ceylon. In 1907 the De Soysa family bought the proprietary rights of the defunct Ceylon Standard and started publishing the Ceylon Morning Leader.[1][2][3] Ownership of the newspaper later passed to a syndicate comprising W. A. de Silva, C. E. A. Dias, Charles Peiris and James Peiris.[1][2] De Silva later became the sole owner.[1]

Ceylon Morning Leader
TypeDaily newspaper
Founded1 July 1907 (1907-07-01)
Ceased publication1932
OCLC number751696687

The Ceylon Morning Leader was edited by Armand de Souza until his death in 1921.[1][2] The paper was then edited by J. L. C. Rodrigo for a short period.[1][2] The paper campaigned for democratic reforms to the Legislative Council of Ceylon and supported indigenous arts and culture which were largely ignored by other English language newspapers.[4] In December 1914 the Supreme Court of Ceylon jailed de Souza for a month after he wrote critical editorials but he was released after six days due to protests.[4][5] The paper was noted for its critical coverage of the 1915 anti-Muslim riots and the declaration of martial law.[2] In 1926 S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike wrote a series of six articles in the paper in which he advocated federalism.[6][7][8]

Newspaper baron D. R. Wijewardena bought the Ceylon Independent and forced the Ceylon Morning Leader out of business in 1932.[1][2][9]


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  3. ^ Wright, Arnold (1907). Twentieth Century Impressions of Ceylon. p. 312-13. ISBN 978-8120613355.
  4. ^ a b "A respected English newspaper". The Sunday Times. Colombo, Sri Lanka. 1 July 2007. Retrieved 27 October 2019.
  5. ^ "In the Matter of ARMAND DE SOUZA, Editor of the Ceylon Morning Leader". The New Law Reports of Ceylon: Volume XVIII. Supreme Court of Ceylon. 1916. pp. 33–41.
  6. ^ Jeyaraj, D. B. S. (9 February 2019). "S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike: Sri Lanka's pioneering proponent of federalism". The Daily Mirror. Colombo, Sri Lanka. Retrieved 27 October 2019.
  7. ^ Philips, Rajan (25 September 2016). "SWRD Bandaranaike and the paradox of Sri Lankan federalism". The Island. Colombo, Sri Lanka. Retrieved 27 October 2019.
  8. ^ Sumanthiran, M. A. (22 July 2018). "A country at a crossroads". Sunday Observer. Colombo, Sri Lanka. Retrieved 27 October 2019.
  9. ^ The Sara Saga, Manicasothy Saravanamuttu (Areca) ISBN 9675719036 pp. 51-3