MR can contact editors if takes issue with our reporting: NY Times

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The New York Times newspaper today said it has encouraged former president Mahinda Rajapaksa to contact senior editors at New York Times if he takes issue with Times reporting.

“If Mr. Rajapaksa takes issue with Times reporting, we have encouraged him to contact senior editors at The New York Times rather than intimidating Sri Lankan journalists,” Times International Editor Michael Slackman said in a statement.  

He said a group of Sri Lankan parliamentarians allied with former president Rajapaksa, held a news conference to publicly criticize two journalists who contributed logistical assistance to a rigorously reported and accurate New York Times investigation into the Hambantota port, published on June 26.

“It is unacceptable for journalists to be intimidated in this way. This action appears intended to silence critics and curb press freedoms, and ultimately deprive Sri Lankans of information in the public interest.

The Times expects the Sri Lankan authorities to ensure the safety of journalists working for our or any other news organization,” Mr. Slackman said. 

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  • Nihal Tuesday, 03 July 2018 02:57 PM

    Bayyo will get upset on this now. OMG

    das Tuesday, 03 July 2018 03:46 PM

    Bayyo will say that the govt paid the NYT to say this

    Labby Tuesday, 03 July 2018 03:03 PM

    While everyone is talking about this the government of Sri Lanka remains silent.

    Johan Tuesday, 03 July 2018 03:06 PM

    Thank God MR is not in power otherwise the so-calledLocal journalists would not have any address by now.See what happened to Pratheep Eknilyagoda

    Ceylon Tuesday, 03 July 2018 03:08 PM

    Exposing animals cruelty is dangerous for jurnalists living,dizebs of jurnalusts killed and nearly hundred stabed and beaten in lanka under rajapaksa rule.

    Jinn Tuesday, 03 July 2018 03:10 PM

    There is no Smoke without Fire.... MR the general Public are not fools all the time..

    ANTON Tuesday, 03 July 2018 03:22 PM

    KOTTORUVA KEHEL GAHATA ANAGENA VAGEY.......

    tommy Tuesday, 03 July 2018 03:23 PM

    Mahinda Rajapaksa should not fall in to this trap.

    Prasanna Tuesday, 03 July 2018 03:25 PM

    MR and the Clan - Now the Ball is in your Court. Will see how it gores. One thing is clear that MR and the Clan cant play around like they do with some of the private media in Sri Lanka.

    kandyammk Tuesday, 03 July 2018 03:26 PM

    Take necessary actions against any culprit.

    Lion Tuesday, 03 July 2018 03:30 PM

    This is what you called responsible journalism.While certifying the veracity of their reporting of MR and ask MR to contact the editors if he has any issues of the reporting.We would like MR instead of having media exhibitions ,just verify the facts from the real source. He will not be able to do anything as the reporting is true beyond any doubt.

    Santha Tuesday, 03 July 2018 03:36 PM

    MR can contact NYT and obtain the details of bank accounts and cheque numbers, and check whether those belong to you or not (who knows, may be the same person who handed over the bag of gems to Aunt Daisey may have done it !)

    ratnakara Tuesday, 03 July 2018 03:38 PM

    Mahinda and his stooges now what have u to say,,Like NY Times Editor says stop harassing local journalist who are doing their job by facilitating the scooping out news and face the NY times editor with ur queries,,they are willing to answer you,,,You cant face them as yourl are guilty,,The account no at Standard Chartered Bank where cheques were issued has already been revealed,,

    Singhela Wednesday, 04 July 2018 05:16 PM

    There was a programme on BBC 2 last week, regarding NYT and their relationship with President Trump. The orchestrators of fake news had the L.T.T.E. insignia on display in their office. Like the BBC and Channel 4, they are no more than an agent of the L.T.T.E. and whilst dangerous, should not be taken seriously.

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