Mervyn inquires about scribe

6 May 2010 11:09 am - 36     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Deputy Minister Mervyn Silva, who had reportedly resigned from his Media Ministry post yesterday, telephoned Daily Mirror online this evening to express concerns over the assault on Daily Mirror journalist Sandun A. Jayasekera.

“We must ensure there is no harm not just to journalists but even insects. We must all ensure that we carry out our duties with care. While carrying out these duties if people do unnecessary things they will have to face the consequences. This incident may have been a mistake but still we must make sure these kind of incidents do not happen again,” Deputy Minister Mervyn Silva told Daily Mirror online.

Sandun A. Jayasekera was assaulted by security officers providing security at the Maharagama cancer hospital while President Mahinda Rajapaksa was attending an event at the hospital last morning.

According to Mr. Jayasekara the security officers had not allowed him to enter the premises to cover the event despite him receiving an official media invitation. Mr. Jayasekara had produced his media card to the security officers but they had scolded him in filth.

However later officers of the Presidential security Division (PSD) who had recognized Mr. Jayasekera invited him inside to cover the event.

Following the event when Mr. Jayasekara was leaving the premises the soldiers who had earlier prevented him from entering the premises rounded him up and assaulted him seemingly embarrassed that he was allowed in to cover the event despite the soldiers not giving him permission. 

Mr. Jayasekara was admitted to the Colombo National hospital for treatment yesterday and was to be discharged this evening. (Daily Mirror online)

  Comments - 36

  • Thursday, 06 May 2010 06:23 PM

    funny talk ....huhhhhhhhhh

    Thursday, 06 May 2010 10:12 PM

    He is trying to change his image.

    Thursday, 06 May 2010 11:13 AM

    Dr Mervyn seem a changed man now. We must stop criticising him now!

    Thursday, 06 May 2010 11:16 AM

    too late...

    Thursday, 06 May 2010 11:17 AM

    The poacher turning into an animal lover!

    Thursday, 06 May 2010 11:17 AM

    Inquiries and self praise only. Eye wash for fools.

    Thursday, 06 May 2010 11:20 AM

    If Mervin has changed, we should accept him. Please do not critisize him unnecessarily.

    Thursday, 06 May 2010 11:20 PM

    The majority fall for this cinematic stuff!

    Thursday, 06 May 2010 11:22 AM


    Thursday, 06 May 2010 11:24 AM

    he may have forgotten that he is no more the deputy media

    Thursday, 06 May 2010 11:24 AM

    Mervin Silva is a very good hearted person.Keep in mind

    Thursday, 06 May 2010 11:27 AM

    What ever said and done against Merv, he does lots of good stuff along with the other stuff.
    He should get rid of the goons around him and no one can stop him being a top politician if he falls in to right path,
    i like his style in getting things done. we srilankans need bit of kick in ass attitude to get rolling.

    Thursday, 06 May 2010 11:31 AM

    Tiger has change the Jungle..but it's stripes are remaining !.

    Thursday, 06 May 2010 11:45 AM

    The unfortunate assault on the journalist is the act of undisciplined and over zealous security officers who must all be apprehended and charged together with the person who hired this outfit.

    Friday, 07 May 2010 02:09 AM

    Let's give him a chance to become a better person and use his talents [ if there are any] to use in his 'duties'.

    Friday, 07 May 2010 02:18 AM

    can he apologise for the things he has done to TV station staff and pay the compensation.

    Friday, 07 May 2010 02:27 AM

    Honourable minister received 2000 votes in previous general election but this time he was one of the members who recived very high percentage of preferential votes. He belives people respect him and in turn he has changed accordingly. This positive move requires a lot of appreciation. I believe the honourable minister should be given powers to interfere into various other areas where corruption, fraud and inefficency takes place.

    Thursday, 06 May 2010 11:49 AM

    He still is.

    Thursday, 06 May 2010 11:50 AM

    You are the man,my dear!

    Thursday, 06 May 2010 11:52 AM

    Yes, he seems to have turned over a leaf after judging at MEGA STAR, probably influenced by Rosy to be more diplomatic . Let's hope he will continue with this good streak.

    Thursday, 06 May 2010 11:58 AM

    Mervin feeling sorry for the media. Now that's news

    Thursday, 06 May 2010 12:06 PM

    he is just joking

    Friday, 07 May 2010 03:38 AM

    This is not enough to prove that he has changed. still he has a long way to go to erase his past history with the media.

    Thursday, 06 May 2010 12:22 PM

    Wolf in Sheep's clothing..........

    Friday, 07 May 2010 04:00 AM

    I like his style.Genuine politicians like Mervin are hard to find

    Thursday, 06 May 2010 12:52 PM

    What a loser

    Friday, 07 May 2010 04:54 AM

    Hope this is genuine and that it lasts...

    Thursday, 06 May 2010 01:33 PM

    I feel he was genuine about what he said... people learn from mistakes.... so is the case I feel for the Deputy minister who has turned a new leaf and lets pay respect to that

    Thursday, 06 May 2010 01:34 PM

    Dr.Mervin is kind hearted person,but he is straight forward,we need this type of politicians today,not the type that ready sell our country and our dignity to International mafia

    Thursday, 06 May 2010 01:50 PM

    As I said earlier, Mervyn wud have been the best media minister, it is a shame that he resigned to accomodate a
    kandyan, It is easy to criticize Mervyn but he is a very understanding man at most times, and like most of us he will hit back at anybody who crosses or muddies his path and that is natural. Most important he is human.

    Thursday, 06 May 2010 02:01 PM

    Very sympathetic Dr. Mervyn, now a good guy

    Thursday, 06 May 2010 03:26 PM

    Keep up the good work sir. You might be one of the very few in the government with a spine to stand against real injustice like Sandun's case

    Thursday, 06 May 2010 03:29 PM

    Nothings changed - can't anyone read between the lines??! He said "While carrying out these duties if people do unnecessary things they will have to face the consequences."

    Thursday, 06 May 2010 03:48 PM

    Minister we look forward to see the good you hope to do for this country. Please stand for Justice. We want your contribution in the present government to heal the wounds of people and make this country a prosperous nation.

    "United We stand, Divided we fall"

    Thursday, 06 May 2010 05:02 PM

    You guys talk to some people from his electorate, they are all praise for him as he had done so much for the people of the area. The devil is not as dark as some say.

    Friday, 07 May 2010 07:33 AM

    Oh please!!

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