News agencies shouldn’t be punished for doing their job-US

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The United States does not punish its news organizations for doing their job and we wish that the Sri Lankan Government to do the same, US Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, Doug Frantz said today.

At an event held at the American Center via digital video conferencing, to mark World Press Freedom Day, Mr. Frantz highlighted the manner in which the US Government reacted to the media coverage on highly confidential files leaked by Edward Snowden.

“The US did not do anything.  We do not punish our news organisations for doing their job,” he said.

While also referring to the US World Press Freedom Index rankings that had dropped from 32nd place in 2013 to 46th place this year, Mr. Frantz acknowledged, “We don’t always behave perfectly.”

But he added that despite these shortcomings, the US had behaved in a way that sought to set an example to the rest of the world on the importance of press freedom.(Lakna Paranamanna)
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  • Putha Friday, 09 May 2014 05:07 AM

    In Sri Lanka...we shoot the messenger....and protect the rights of the culprits by all means...and we say we have enough of protection of human rights....thought you knew this already!!

    Perumal Friday, 09 May 2014 05:28 AM

    Do not expect Sri Lanka to do the same because it is going back to the time of Sinhala Kings. One is supposed to rule the country at present!

    kris Friday, 09 May 2014 10:11 AM

    Yes they just punish the people who give information to the news organisations

    perera Friday, 09 May 2014 06:13 AM

    That is good news. The USA will not kidnap, arrest or prosecute EDWARD SNOWDEN for doing his job. exposing the USA for what it is.
    HURRAH !
    PS. I dont think so somehow.

    Aza Friday, 09 May 2014 11:10 AM

    really ??????????? we know what you doing to Edward Snowden ,Julian Assange and many others before presch others show it by example ,worst non democratics in world

    Anju Friday, 09 May 2014 07:11 AM

    Very true. US practice what you preach then it will have some credibility...


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