Don't use licence to insult religions: PM tells electronic media

2016-02-14 10:27:20

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday warned that action would be taken against the electronic media, who used government's telecasting licence to insult religions and some sections of the society.

The Premier made this comment with reference to the recent singing by a female singer, who sang the sinhala song 'Danno Budunge' in opera style at the Independence Day event in Colombo.

"The television or radio, these frequencies do not belong to those media companies. The government issued the licnece. They belong to the public," he said making a special statement in Badulla.

Commenting on the recent bill with regard to the increase of women representations in the country’s decision-making bodies, the Prime Minister charged that the ‘Rajapaksa’ gang in Parlaiment attempted to sabotage it by way of entering into the chamber in Parliament.

“It shows that that group doesn't care about the women’ rights at all,” he claimed.

  Comments - 16

  • ANTON Sunday, 14 February 2016 10:43


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    Shan Sunday, 14 February 2016 11:01

    I thought media companies pay a fee to the government for the airwaves. It looks like PM wants to impose his style of media freedom.

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    patriot Sunday, 14 February 2016 11:32

    Where is media freedom Mr. PM? Btw, the presenter did not mention dog but cat, so where does the dog come in?

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    cheers Sunday, 14 February 2016 11:43

    He is worst than Mahinda in his speech on 8th jan he said media freedom has prevailed now the tune has turn

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    Lal Monday, 15 February 2016 05:43

    Media cannot spread hate speech like state sponsored racam during MR era

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    Jagath L Sunday, 14 February 2016 12:23

    Well said Mr. Prime Minister. As human beings all men and women should respect each other and should behave properly.

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    Thanos Sunday, 14 February 2016 12:24

    Freedom of expression includes freedom to insult religions. Religions should not have any exemptions. If someone finds it insulting, then suck-it-up and move on like man.

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    onlooker Sunday, 14 February 2016 12:32

    The media is emitating you sir. In the very same way you use your power of primiership.

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    james2pollard Sunday, 14 February 2016 13:28

    Very well said, Honored you Sir.

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    jehan Sunday, 14 February 2016 13:39

    Hay PM its clear what you are up to it will be same us who will show the exit as well

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    vithura Sunday, 14 February 2016 16:00

    A simple solution should be to appoint an independent media regulatory body answerable to parliamentary committee. Complaints of any abuse by media could be reported to such a body for investigation and action, including the suspension or cancellation of licence.

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    Darm Monday, 15 February 2016 04:58

    What media doing is million times better that selling the country to a bunch foreign manipulators.

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    usoof Monday, 15 February 2016 09:45

    words are under your control before you speak and wordsare on somebody,s control once spoken

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    kaboos Monday, 15 February 2016 09:47

    Ranil is replica of President JR

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    Sangaralingham Monday, 15 February 2016 10:19

    Who is this group Sinhala raj who are they where do they come from seem to appeared from somewhere misleading themselves and segment of the public

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    Nihal Amarasekera Monday, 15 February 2016 11:00

    There is a very thin line separating the freedom of the wild ass and responsible journalism. Obviously he has crossed the line. Freedom to insult.

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