Contribution to NYT expose: Mangala condemns attacks on two SL journos

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Prompt action needs to be taken over the recent attacks on two Sri Lankan journalists who contributed to the New York Times report on massive financial misappropriation linked to the former regime, Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera said in a press release.

“As Media Minister I vehemently condemn such practices where journalists are attacked for doing their job. There must be an immediate halt to these practices. These allegations must be immediately investigated by the relevant authorities and action taken against perpetrators without fear or favour," he said.

"I am also disturbed about the virulent personal attacks by individuals linked to the joint opposition and the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) in a bid to intimidate journalists who worked on the NYT report, attacking them for doing their job,” the minister said.

The SLPP leadership must take full responsibility for these attacks and ensure that there is no repetition of this behaviour,” he added.

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  • Senewi Thursday, 05 July 2018 09:41 AM

    Mangala is behind the plot.

    Lord Wolfstein Thursday, 05 July 2018 09:45 AM

    Use your votes wisely, so that Gota can never send his white vans again.

    Random Wise Donkey Thursday, 05 July 2018 01:20 PM

    What you have is called a phobia... Its diagnosed as Gota"Bhaya". This phobia will increasingly traumatise you leading upto the 2020 presidential elections. Is there a cure? No, Not at the moment. What causes it? Gullibility...

    Hesh Thursday, 05 July 2018 09:55 AM

    How is exposing your links with said journalists equate to attack?

    Laila Thursday, 05 July 2018 09:57 AM

    NY Times has a local correspondent. And that local correspondent's husband works under you. How is exposing that can be called intimidation? As a citizen that is certainly a piece of fact I need to know.

    Liberal One Thursday, 05 July 2018 09:59 AM

    Right foreign journalists can't be questioned. They are above the law since they have white skin. But local journalists with brown skin can be attacked in social media and can be summoned to CID if they report something the govt doesn't like.

    Don Thursday, 05 July 2018 10:29 AM

    Managla UNP Leadership is the architect behind this report.More things like these will be done to prevent GotaWhy do you start new investigations instead of seeing the closure of the US$18 billion MR net worth claim(Managla)People should chase these UNP jokers away

    Dan Thursday, 05 July 2018 12:00 PM

    The truth is surfacing fast..Sri Lanka should never elect a UNP government in the future as the party is in all there endeavours being anti-national...

    Nirmal Fernando Thursday, 05 July 2018 12:03 PM

    NYT story came out to cover up the Matara incident. Very well planned game by Mangala.

    Meena Thursday, 05 July 2018 01:22 PM

    If without power the unholy trinity (MR,BR,GR) threatens the media freedom what will happen if the trinity comes to power. There will be white vans at every junction.


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