Letters demanding assets sent

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By Jamila Najmuddin


The Media Ministry has dispatched letters to newspaper organisations and its editors informing them of the decision to obtain details of the assets of journalists before the end of next month, Media Ministry Secretary, W. Ganegala told Daily Mirror online.

Under the terms of the 1988 declaration of assets and liabilities act, the Ministry has requested, that proprietors, editors, and members of the editorial staff of every newspaper in Sri Lanka submit a declaration of their assets to the Ministry Secretary.

“I have already dispatched the letters to all the editors. All journalists must abide by this request,” Ganegala said without elaborating further.

The Declaration of Assets and Liabilities Law was passed in August 1975.  It was amended subsequently by the Declaration of Assets and Liabilities (Amendment) Act No. 74 of 1988.

The scope of this Law is such that it applies to members of parliament; judges and public officers appointed by the President, public officers appointed by the Cabinet of Ministers, judicial officers and scheduled public officers appointed by the Judicial Services Commission and staff officers in Ministries and Government Departments.

It also applies to proprietors, editors and members of the editorial staff of newspapers in respect of which declarations have been made under section 2 of the Newspapers Ordinance; Chairmen, Directors and staff officers of companies registered under the Companies Act No.17 of 1982, in which the majority of shares are held by the State or by a public corporation; and such categories of other officers as may be specified by regulations. (Daily Mirror online)
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  • Monday, 29 March 2010 09:23 AM

    Another big joke of the looser (government)! First of all the so called politicians should declare their assets annually, if not at least once in their life time!

    Monday, 29 March 2010 09:25 AM

    This just made me laugh !

    There are ministers who before starting their political carriers were postal workers, taxi drivers, CTB workers etc. But now living in mansions, send their kids to private universities, have millions in accounts !!! But none needs to declare their assets ! Even though they are paid government servants !

    This is what happens when people vote for crazy people !

    Monday, 29 March 2010 09:27 AM

    Did you declare?

    Monday, 29 March 2010 09:27 AM

    What about the declaration of assets by the politicians? They are asking the poor journalists for a declaration of their assets. Most of them are poor, not possessing their own houses nor vehicles. I was a poor State employee, and I hd to declare my assets every year. The politicians shd all be ordered to make a declaration of their assets. EXAMPLE IS BETTER THAN PRECEPT.

    Monday, 29 March 2010 09:29 AM

    Has Mr Ganegala himself declared his assets?

    Monday, 29 March 2010 09:33 AM

    yeh right......................first of all get all politicians to declare their assets "truthfully". This is so called democracy guys!

    Monday, 29 March 2010 09:51 AM

    Why not the reminder go out to all the candidates as well

    Monday, 29 March 2010 09:54 AM

    when will all the politicians declare their assets?

    Monday, 29 March 2010 10:28 AM

    police , army , government chairmen , working directors , ministers , judges , ministers , ministerial sectaries all should declare there asset in public !!!

    Monday, 29 March 2010 11:01 AM

    Why dont you impliment the regulations for the politicians who has not declared their assets from where do they get this kind of money to spend for their campaign.

    Monday, 29 March 2010 11:06 AM

    What a nice country !!! All government officers including president, CID ,TID , police etc do unnecessary things. Firstly publish all politicians assets and liability statement. No need to give to election commissioner and keep secretly. It should be publish. Then you can request any person assets and liability statement.

    Monday, 29 March 2010 11:07 AM

    This is a blatant witch hunt to FIX only some of the jounalists that have been ear marked as targets by the Govt.
    Why wont the Govt ask for asset declaration of so many like ministers, MPs etc,,who appear to be the bigger fish.
    How low can the authorities stoop to, just to try and 'Fix' honest journalists..Shame ,,Shame and Shame again.

    Monday, 29 March 2010 11:51 AM

    Jokes, Jokes and more jokes

    Monday, 29 March 2010 12:05 PM

    Yes, focus tax payers money on chasing poor journalists. Brilliant! This should solve the country's problems.

    Monday, 29 March 2010 12:16 PM

    Hullo there! How about some letters to the politicians including your own Minister?

    Monday, 29 March 2010 04:14 PM

    DIVERSION TACTIC OF THE AUTHORITIES FROM THE REAL ISSUES

    Monday, 29 March 2010 05:15 PM

    Good one. Show all your assets, Ministers and MPs too; please lead by example.

    Monday, 29 March 2010 05:43 PM

    Instead of chasing the assets of politicians, keep chasing the poor media people who expose them! When will the masses realise that 'they are being taken for a ride'? (The voters truly deserve the politicians they vote for.)

    Monday, 29 March 2010 06:32 PM

    Why should the media people have to declare their assets? Can the politicians first declare theirs! What a country, and what a law.


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