FMM drops projects amid probe on alleged financial irregularities

The Free Media Movement (FMM) – which is in the centre of a controversy over allegations of financial irregularities – has decided to discontinue its funded projects and to continue as a pressure group advocating freedom of expression and the right to information in Sri Lanka.

The decision was taken at its annual general meeting last week. The FMM noted that in view of the allegations of misappropriation of funds, it had dissolved the executive committee and appointed an interim committee while a three-member investigation committee was set up to manage the affairs of the FMM and conduct a probe into these allegations.

“In the past four months, the interim committee has conducted an extensive audit on all of its funded projects for 2007 and 2008. After the investigation carried out by the committee, the general body of the FMM was informed that funds of FMM had been misappropriated,” the group said in a statement.

The general body also vested the power in the investigation committee to carry out further investigations and to submit a report with due recommendations on the action that needs to be taken against the persons guilty of such misappropriation.

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