Media freedom will not be hindered, President assures

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today assured that media freedom will not be hindered in any form during his tenure and said the opportunity is available for any reasonable criticism.

President Rajapaksa, who met with heads of media institutions at the presidential secretariat today, said he expected all media institutions to fulfil its obligations towards the country while engaging in favourable media reporting to uphold the country’s reputation.

At the meeting, he said he was elected to the office by the people with a heap of expectations to be fulfilled.

“Enhancing the efficiency of politicians and public officials, eradicating corruption and economic development are key among these expectations. I'm confident that I will receive the fullest support and cooperation of the media in achieving these objectives," he said.

The President said the image of the country plays an integral part in bringing in investments and enhancing economic corporation internationally and said media has a wider responsibility in building a good image of the country.

He appreciated the behaviour and how local media reacted during the recent Swiss Embassy employee incident and expressed regret over the way international media reported the incident by blowing it out of proportion. “Local media also have the ability to set the record straight and rectify misinformation,” President Rajapaksa said.

Meanwhile, the President commented on the city beautification efforts and the fervour of wall paintings currently underway across the country.

He said these new developments are not a result of anyone’s request but an artistic trend originated among the youth who love their country.

The President highlighted the continuous support rendered by the media institutions to encourage such youth groups. Media heads representing print and electronic media took part in the meeting. (Lahiru Pothmulla)


  Comments - 7

  • johan Thursday, 12 December 2019 07:18 PM

    President must have an eye on his subordinates how they view and maintain the media freedom

    Jude Thursday, 12 December 2019 07:29 PM

    "Opportunity for reasonable criticism" means DON'T criticize !!? Otherwise!! Well, you know what's gonna happen!!???

    Jude Thursday, 12 December 2019 07:38 PM

    Media Freedom does NOT include criticism of the hierarchy!! Or else!! Murders, physical attacks, abductions, threats and censorship!?? Yeah!!

    Wasantha Fernando Thursday, 12 December 2019 09:03 PM

    Give the man a chance! We are already seeing changes at so many levels!

    Dharma Thursday, 12 December 2019 09:31 PM

    Media freedom does not mean to take a line against our mother country.In the name of media freedom certain media in Srilanka published anti state news analysis during the peak period of terrorism.

    Tim Friday, 13 December 2019 09:43 AM

    So that's why they were bombed.... Reasoning the violence.

    ram Sunday, 15 December 2019 11:47 AM

    yes media freedom will not be hindered but reporters may be subject to white van abduction

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