Aththa (Sinhala: ඇත්ත, 'Truth') was a Sinhala-language daily newspaper, published from Colombo by the Communist Party of Sri Lanka between 1964 and 1995. The name was borrowed from the Russian newspaper Pravda. As of 1971, it had an edition of around 41,000. It had a special Sunday edition. As of the early 1970s, B.A. Siriwardena served as editor-in-chief of the newspaper, Newton Seneviratne as its news editor and Surath Ambalangoda as its features editor. As of the mid-1980s, H.G.S. Ratnaweera was the editor-in-chief of Aththa. Aththa emerged as an important new element of Sinhala journalism. The financial backing the publication received from the Communist Party was an important reason behind its impact. But the style of journalism and coverage of day-to-day affairs were also notably different from other contemporary publications, and won respect well beyond the party ranks. According to Mervin de Silva, Prime Minister Dudley Senanayake was a frequent reader of Aththa. The Sunday edition of Aththa in particular became known as a prominent example of vocal journalism. Aththa was known for its "vigorous writing and pithy headlines". Aththa editor H.G.S. Ratnaweera explained that the newspaper was successful because: "[u]nlike many bourgeois publications with their pseu... ()

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