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30 March 2015 03:40 pm - 17     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today criticised the sports and business media saying they could be bought over like politicians.

“Front pages of Newspapers are talking of corruption. The sports pages are defending the corrupt. They are asking why we have appointed an interim committee to administer Sri Lanka Cricket. Rs.500 million is owed by Sri Lanka Cricket,” he said.

"They can’t pay the money. Engineering Corporation is asking for the money from the Finance Ministry. What happened to TV rights? Why didn’t they open it up. There are other allegations to be investigated," Mr.Wickremesinghe said.

"Therefore we decided have an interim committee till the Frauds and Crime Investigation Divison carry out investigations. I am surprised that the sports editors are defending this type of thing. We must clean it up. I am surprised at Business journalists as well. We are cleaning up the bond market. We are identifying the rouges," he said.

"We are asking finance companies and the banks what they did. There were conflicts of interests. I have been told that the business pages can be purchased just like politicians. They are no different than the politicians. Newpapers should ensure both sides are reported," he said. (YP)

  Comments - 17

  • tissa.fonseka Tuesday, 31 March 2015 06:58 AM

    Honorable Prime Minister,May i have your attention please.Its great that you are talking about the integrity and credibility of organizations and individuals I certainly appreciate your efforts but unfortunately your integrity and credibility is in great danger with the appointment and the actions of the new central bank governer even from your own cabinet members.Please give number one priority to clear the good name you have maintained in your political career before you try to correct others .Mr President displayed this in one issue .Non participation of the funeral of his own sibling whose integrity has been always in question.May you have the courage to do that!

    dennis Tuesday, 31 March 2015 03:19 PM

    I believe in freedom of speech and freedom of the press.

    LM Tuesday, 31 March 2015 08:02 AM

    Mr. Prime Minister This is call Freedom of Media , let them report what they want .. why are you so worried about their view ?

    Malinee Tuesday, 31 March 2015 08:04 AM

    Media should always be on the side of the suffering masses without being politically aligned.

    jude Tuesday, 31 March 2015 09:25 AM

    Media should have ethics!!! Unfortunately it does not exist inSL Media!!!??

    Bubble Banda Wednesday, 01 April 2015 03:33 AM

    MR ruined and held dictatorship on Media. Are you too trying to sail on the same boat PM?

    Desmond Jeromme Wednesday, 01 April 2015 03:36 AM

    Let the media do their work, you better do your work first. Still you could not punish a single corrupted ex-politician. Your actions are sloggy Sir.

    Horri Jimonis Wednesday, 01 April 2015 03:40 AM

    We will not trust you anymore, next elections you and your party will face a severe defeat for sure.

    Vijith Pieterz Wednesday, 01 April 2015 03:41 AM

    Against Weerawansa

    Patriot Tuesday, 31 March 2015 09:32 AM

    Defend rouge is the name of the game, like you defend the Governor of Central Bank, Arjuna Mahendran.

    cruso Tuesday, 31 March 2015 01:24 PM

    Media just can not report their opinion only. They must report the truth and not the opinion. Everybody have their opinion and we can not accept every thing. Media must not misuse their freedom.

    Hiru Tuesday, 31 March 2015 01:33 PM

    We have rights to know the truth. Not what media wants.

    Eagle eye Tuesday, 31 March 2015 10:04 AM

    It is true some media create problems with their wrong view in the Country and some journalists even not qualified enough tocritisize. Very few walk in the democratic manner.It is openly known secret.

    ruwan Wednesday, 01 April 2015 06:29 AM

    So a politician is accusing the media of being as corrupt as politicians. Is this a joke????????

    LM Tuesday, 31 March 2015 11:03 AM

    Think about your own cabinet spokesperson, he will tell something today and next day will tell us completely different story . We guess this is call Freedom of Speech /Expression

    Eng.M.V.R.Perera Tuesday, 31 March 2015 11:12 AM

    why are you all talking of the governor of the central bank , how can a govenor of the cetral bank be responsible for what is happening in the dealing room and also the dealing room would have adopted the procedure that was carried out before also please wait for the court decision on this issue

    Mason Tuesday, 31 March 2015 11:23 AM

    Do not take up daggers against the media. They have a right to report what in their opinion is correct. It is called freedom of speech.Much was said about corruption before and after the elections. However, nothing worthwhile is being done and the public are anxiously awaiting when the culprits are going to be roped in.By the way what has happened to the inquiry regarding the purported coup by former president to continue in power. Why has it been swept under the carpet.

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