Scribe does police job

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A Daily Mirror online team in Kandy to cover the General Elections repoll were followed and video taped by a provincial journalist on the instructions of the Nawalapitiya police, according to him, and even threatened the media team from Colombo.

A red colored three wheeler overtook the vehicle of the Daily Mirror online team who were leaving Nawalapitiya after interviewing a Minister of the area and covering the General Elections re-poll, and a man from the three wheeler later emerged and started videoing the vehicle in a daring manner.

The three wheeler kept following the Daily Mirror online vehicle for a fair distance while the camera was rolling, prompting the Daily Mirror online vehicle to overtake the three wheeler and cut it off the road to inquire from the man why he was video taping.

At this point however, without giving an explanation, the man who the Daily Mirror was later told is a provincial journalist, pointed his finger towards the Daily Mirror online team and threatened them and warned them to be cautious on what they report.

Several minutes later, after Daily Mirror online informed a Minister in the area of what had transpired and through him also informed the police, Daily Mirror was informed by the provincial journalist himself that he had video taped the vehicle on a request by the police who had said they were “suspicious” of the vehicle and that the whole episode was a “misunderstanding”.

However when the matter was brought to the notice of the Nawalapitiya police the police claimed they had no knowledge of the man involved. (Daily Mirror online)



Picture shows the provincial journalist threatening the Daily Mirror online team

 
 

  Comments - 21

  • Wednesday, 21 April 2010 04:18 AM

    Media freedom :)

    Wednesday, 21 April 2010 09:35 AM

    The Daily Mirror is probably the only Independant Daily in Sri Lanka. I'm sure this guy is fed by a politician who lothes independant journalism.

    Wednesday, 21 April 2010 04:42 AM

    THIS JOURNALIST IS MERELY MIMICKING THE GOONS & UNDERWORLD THUGS DEPLOYED BY THE NOTORIOUS POLITICIANS. IN THE ABSENCE OF REPROVAL BY THOSE IN AUTHORITY, THIS WILL BE THE WAY OF LIFE FOR US CITIZENS FOR A LONG TIME TO COME.

    Wednesday, 21 April 2010 05:05 AM

    These are ramnents of a decaying society.The goons are now acting as journalists.Police of course is the baby who knows nothing.I am sure Daily Mirror should tell their staff, this is orentation on Sri Lankan journalism.Get use to the realities on the ground.Suba Anagathayak!!!

    Wednesday, 21 April 2010 05:08 AM

    GOK, God only knows.

    Wednesday, 21 April 2010 05:24 AM

    What a country, what a people, what a police. Same breed (thugs) from top to bottom.

    Wednesday, 21 April 2010 05:32 AM

    a business between media and media

    Wednesday, 21 April 2010 05:43 AM

    How much was this provincial journalist paid by the police? Ten Rupees ??

    Wednesday, 21 April 2010 05:49 AM

    SOME scribes have become so cheap in Sri Lanka today. This provincial journalist sucks.

    Wednesday, 21 April 2010 10:30 AM

    Settle for no less than millions if you have the courage go to courts; it is serious and can not be dismissed as trivial misunderstanding or suspicion; we the readers of online are waiting for more authentic report and those who visit this site are mostly apolitical observers and if the media freedom is restricted to police threat, then, what will happen to ordinary people?

    Wednesday, 21 April 2010 06:02 AM

    Is he a principal of a leading school in N'Pitiya?

    Wednesday, 21 April 2010 06:02 AM

    HORA POLICE SCENE??

    Wednesday, 21 April 2010 06:24 AM

    Is it a crime now to tape a taping crew.. so much for media freedom

    Wednesday, 21 April 2010 11:32 AM

    NOw that 30 years of suffering with the terrorists is over.I only hope I live to see pure democrazy in my motherland.All these acts are unnecessary.With almost two third majority President will now look into these stupid acts and make Sri Lanka a better place to live.

    Wednesday, 21 April 2010 06:44 AM

    Only in Sri Lanka!

    Wednesday, 21 April 2010 06:48 AM

    its chicago..... all over in SL

    Wednesday, 21 April 2010 07:05 AM

    SRI LANKA GOING BANANAS

    Wednesday, 21 April 2010 07:58 AM

    What a professional journalist he is....Wonder where he learned journalism??? May be from Mervyn Silva..he he..

    Wednesday, 21 April 2010 07:58 AM

    Thugs almost everywhere......Now that MR is in his last term and won the majority in the parliament he should come hard on these thugs....Make a better Sri Lanka....!!!

    Wednesday, 21 April 2010 09:09 AM

    This is what you call " Dog doing donkey's work"

    Wednesday, 21 April 2010 04:06 AM

    Demo-crazy a la sri lanka style!


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