Dawasa was a Sinhala language daily newspaper in Ceylon published by Independent Newspapers Limited, part of M. D. Gunasena & Company.[1] It was founded on 14 August 1961 and was published from Colombo.[2] In 1966 it had an average net sales of 55,000.[1] It had an average circulation of 58,600 in 1970 and 83,285 in 1973.[3][4]

TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Independent Newspapers Limited
Founded14 August 1961 (1961-08-14)
Sister newspapers

By 1973/74 the Independent Newspapers publications had become vocal critics of Sirimavo Bandaranaike's government.[5] The government sealed Independent Newspapers' presses and closed it down on 19 April 1974 using the Emergency (Defence) Regulations.[6][7][8][9][10] Independent Newspapers resumed publication on 30 March 1977 but the three-year closure had taken its toll.[2][6][7] Faced financial problems Independent Newspapers and its various publications closed down on 26 December 1990.[11][12]


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  2. ^ a b "Another Sinhala newspaper launched". The Sunday Times (Sri Lanka). 10 August 2008.
  3. ^ Wilson, A. Jeyaratnam (2010). Electoral Politics in an Emergent State: The Ceylon General Election of May 1970. Cambridge University Press. p. 141. ISBN 978-0-521-15311-9.
  4. ^ Sri Lanka Year Book 1975 (PDF). Department of Census and Statistics, Sri Lanka. pp. 349–351.
  5. ^ de Silva, K. M. (1981). A History of Sri Lanka. Oxford University Press. p. 547.
  6. ^ a b Sirisena, Priyalal (5 November 2003). "'Irida Dawasa' publication restrained". The Island (Sri Lanka).
  7. ^ a b Marasinghe, Sandasen (4 November 2003). "Dawasa restrained from publication". Daily News (Sri Lanka).
  8. ^ Sri Lanka Year Book 1977 (PDF). Department of Census and Statistics, Sri Lanka. pp. 365–366.
  9. ^ Richardson, John (2005). Paradise Poisoned: Learning about Conflict, Terrorism, and Development from Sri Lanka's Civil Wars. International Center for Ethnic Studies. p. 362. ISBN 955-580-094-4.
  10. ^ Rajasingham, K. T. "Chapter 23: Srimavo's constitutional promiscuity". Sri Lanka: The Untold Story. Archived from the original on 2002-02-13.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  11. ^ Karunanayake, Nandana (2008). "18: Sri Lanka". In Banerjee, Indrajit; Logan, Stephen (eds.). Asian Communication Handbook 2008. Singapore: Asian Media Information and Communication Centre, Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University. pp. 446–460. ISBN 9789814136105.
  12. ^ "Special events which took place in history from December 20 - December 26". Sunday Observer (Sri Lanka). 20 December 2009. Archived from the original on 22 December 2015.