Media under tight scrutiny: MR

17 December 2018 07:37 am - 17     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Resigned Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday said that Ministers of the new regime had individually undertaken to monitor the affairs of each and every media institution in a bid to suppress media but the media had a responsibility to act without allowing the country being divided.

Addressing a meeting held at his Carlton Residence in Tangalle, former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said:

“Each Minister is appointed to each newspaper for media control according to the information published recently. That is at the time of presenting 20th Amendment,” he said.

“That is their final decision. The media and we have a responsibility to prevent the country from being divided,” he said.

“We have acted as Presidents and Prime Ministers. But, this Government has taken loans only for consumption. People were burdened with taxes. Although the price of petrol reduced to 24, the Government took profits but no relief had been given to the people.

“All the people know about the Central Bank Bond Scam. Arrangements were being made to sell harbour, Mattala Airport and Highways. Plans have been made to give 35, 000 acres to a foreign army camp,” he charged.

On this occasion, many people in the area including former Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa, Matara District Parliamentarians Dallas Alahaperuma, Kanchana Wijesekera, Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, Hambantota District Parliamentarians Namal Rajapaksa, D. V. Chanaka, Economist Nalaka Godahewa and Provincial Councillors and PS members were present.

He said that whichever the political party they belonged to, they tried to do their best when the President requested them to do so.

But, a Stay Order was given by the Supreme Court. Then, they had stepped down thinking about the situation of the country.

He said that however, he believed that the people were with them.

He also wished the new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

He said that it was not by a conspiracy that they came to power.

“Rajapaksas do not come through the back door to power,” he said.

He also promised to build a country where people were not burdened with taxes.(Aneesha Manage)

  Comments - 17

  • Baba Monday, 17 December 2018 08:52 AM

    Back to street politics.

    surasena Monday, 17 December 2018 08:59 AM

    Well the media freedom that we enjoyed in the last 51 days is overwhelming and enough for us. Time to change???

    Manel Monday, 17 December 2018 09:02 AM

    Media should be scrutiny but journalists should not be murdered, white vanned or assaulted. Media organisations should not be set on fire.

    Warren Raed Monday, 17 December 2018 09:31 AM

    Media did not support you because you attacked them and murdered them.

    ANTON Monday, 17 December 2018 09:04 AM


    then... Monday, 17 December 2018 09:30 AM

    .. finally, he will become a RESIGNED MP.

    ANTON Monday, 17 December 2018 09:05 AM


    akboy Monday, 17 December 2018 09:18 AM

    what kind of people is following you.. to believe these kinds of word from you mouth. we can imagine who are your followrs now..

    Dhaya Monday, 17 December 2018 09:22 AM

    Live from Helping Hamantota palace

    kudson Monday, 17 December 2018 09:23 AM

    time for mahinda to say goodbye to politicsthe coup was an utter failure

    vasaliya Monday, 17 December 2018 09:30 AM

    The educated people can figure what he is saying. But seriously are his supporters so dumb? They must be since he insists on making these statements always.

    mason Monday, 17 December 2018 11:48 AM

    strange to hear MR never come through the back door? wonder 38 days as PM which door he came through? may be the window! you were never really the PM even to be called resigned PM, just get some respect and at least now take a good retirement

    ABBA Monday, 17 December 2018 12:03 PM

    Correction “illegal prime minister”

    Vas Monday, 17 December 2018 12:19 PM

    Why do the SLFP MPs still follow Mahinda ? I am sure there are better bright young MPs want to look forward not look backwards.

    w.p.s .weerawardana Monday, 17 December 2018 12:25 PM

    owa denu parahata, thama sammathaye, sita

    IVJ Monday, 17 December 2018 12:37 PM

    This fellow and his son will never learn. Typical attitude, "when you go down, drag the rest of the country with you too". I wish the people of this country will show him soon how discarded the Rajapaksas are!

    sas Monday, 17 December 2018 01:11 PM

    Just empty talks !

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