SL victim of western media: MR

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President Mahinda Rajapaksa said today that Sri Lankla has become a victim of the western media stating that there is a clear distinction between what is portrayed in the media and the truth.

Addressing a ceremony held to mark the opening of the Development Center for Media (DCM) at the Information Department premises at Narahenpita, President Rajapaksa further said there were instances where the western media put pressure on other countries and this was witnessed clearly during Sri Lanka’s fight against terrorism.

“We do not see any change in this distressing trend in the western and certain local media even after almost three years since the defeat of LTTE. What we hear from the media is not the work done by the government such as the rehabilitation and reintegration of nearly 10,000 ex-LTTE Cadres, resettlement of 300,000 IDPs, the vast reconstruction and development programmes in the North-East or the efforts taken for the reconciliation and the restoration of democracy. Sadly, we still hear the voice of the LTTE sympathizers and unfortunately we are not in a position to put a stop to this,” President Rajapaksa stressed.

Some sections of media will continue to spread false propaganda on motherland. But the independent and unbiased media and the Information department have a difficult job at hand to save the country from the negative effect of biased media, both local and global, President Rajapaksa emphasized.

The media is the Watch Dog’ of the public as it guides and protects the public from social and political ills and appears on behalf of the people. Other major greatest responsibility of the media is to write to propagate cultural and moral values as it writes on politics, current affairs, economics, trade, arts and conflicts, he said. (Sandun A. Jayasekera)


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  • RajasH Friday, 30 March 2012 12:25 PM

    The media whether Western or liberal Sri Lankan media or NGOs or Human Rights Organizations ets are not against Sri Lanka.

    Nilantha Friday, 30 March 2012 12:56 PM

    Very true Mr President

    sena Friday, 30 March 2012 12:59 PM

    We are also victims of corruption. mismanagement and lawlessness

    Priya Friday, 30 March 2012 01:02 PM

    President MR,
    If you work towards improving SL's human rights record together with economic development, then no external party can criticize SL.

    Godaya Saturday, 31 March 2012 02:57 AM

    Ban western Media

    bullet Saturday, 31 March 2012 03:13 AM

    Mr President is ITN and Rupavahini what do you think about them ?

    Ami Saturday, 31 March 2012 03:14 AM

    Free the General, Pass the financial benefits to the burdened general public , disciplined your regime , bring up the living standards of our country ! Then the rest of the world would believe U !

    Fusion Friday, 30 March 2012 01:34 PM

    Off-course Mr. President! The western media reports only a certain aspect. Aspect that suites them and their viewers.

    Des Saturday, 31 March 2012 03:13 AM

    BE FRIENDS WITH THE JEWISH STATE AND YOU WILL LEARN TO DEAL WITH YOUR DIPLOMATIC MISFORTUNES.

    Kalutaraboy Friday, 30 March 2012 01:46 PM

    Very well said dear president, only problem is our embassies here in west are very week if Channel 4 telecast anything about Israel the embassy in London will stop in no time. Our boys here are too slow and not expose to work with bullies of west. Need a real PR team in every embassy

    C.K. Lankaputhra Friday, 30 March 2012 01:53 PM

    Sri Lankans are victims of Sri Lanka government controlled media.

    maacapas Friday, 30 March 2012 01:54 PM

    We should take steps to broadcast Rupavahini internationally to spread our own truth(!) to the world.

    sri minnal Saturday, 31 March 2012 01:26 PM

    Sir, if you rule the country in a democratic way nothing will happen to our country and you will receive immense support from West. Sadly you are not doing that Sir

    Hi Friday, 30 March 2012 02:05 PM

    Mr President please tell us why the whole western media don't see your 'Truth'. Surely they are no fools.

    DN Saturday, 31 March 2012 04:44 AM

    No.. otherway... Media is a victim of Mervyn....

    Jude perera Saturday, 31 March 2012 05:12 AM

    Pl release General Sarath Fonseka and tell him to reply western media about humanatarian operation and how Sri Lanka finished the most ruthless terrorists organization thus saved 300000 Tamil civilians+11000 Tamill terrorists and Prabhakaran's own parents. Pl tell him to explain western media is that the war crime? Then so called wester media of mafia' nude will reflect.

    Sammy Friday, 30 March 2012 02:48 PM

    What about the government controlled media here? How unbiased are they?

    Raj Saturday, 31 March 2012 05:37 AM

    In western countries they have choice of media get info. But in Sri Lanka most of the people have only the Government controlled media, since only they have the wide coverage.

    Sue Saturday, 31 March 2012 06:05 AM

    With all due respect sir, you're beginning to sound more and more like the Hon. Weerawansa. Also, how come you only see the wrong that others do but never try to rectify the mistakes that you have made? Isn't that how mere politicians become Statesmen?

    faqi Saturday, 31 March 2012 06:54 AM

    As long as the LTTE supporting diaspora are willing to grease the palms of the media in western countries they are willing to publish any concocted news to satisfy them. They are like prostitues who goes for the highest bidder and the truth be damned. Anyone, with an ounce of intelligence knows that the LTTE was a murderous terrorist outfit and was defeated by the Sri Lankan forces. They can dance all they want and eelam will never ever rise its filthy head in Sri Lanka again and that is guaranteed.

    RAJU Saturday, 31 March 2012 07:18 AM

    SAME RECORD AGAIN AND AGAIN. YOU ALL LOST DIPLOMACY. TRY TO OVERCOME FROM THAT.

    lame Saturday, 31 March 2012 06:27 PM

    Every time you murder free speech, we all take note of your reaction. Your gradual loss of public credibility is the result of such messes.

    citizen1 Friday, 30 March 2012 04:41 PM

    Western media has other stufff to be conerned with. Give this victim routine a break!! It has got old, very old

    gopi Saturday, 31 March 2012 11:12 PM

    You are so innocent eve don't know how to doing milk. Only western media is wrong. Ask them to come and see how innocent you are.

    Remo Saturday, 31 March 2012 08:48 AM

    We all are well known only for BLAMING others only. None tries to PROVE anything because there is nothing to prove... Its sad.

    Merrill Kahavita Friday, 30 March 2012 10:34 PM

    Western Organizations heavily bribed & influenced by LTTE sympathisers. Proceeds of their Human Trafficking, Child Prostitution & Drug peddling - all available to finance the influencing of US, UK & other nefarious Western lobbies. As witnessed by AI getting a $50,000 public bribe in Canada - unquestioned by the two-faced US administration. Western Lawmakers turned "blind-eye" to LTTE Terrorist activities in their own countries - when directed at Sri Lanka. We earnestly hope that these sick countries will learn a bitter lesson from Islamic Terrorists - when they decide to strike again in the West !!!!! WE need to promote Chinese Military Bases in South Sri Lanka and a Russian Naval Port in Trinco to head off US & UK activities in Asia rim !

    Nodrog58 Friday, 30 March 2012 12:28 PM

    Mervyn is a victim of the local media and SL is the victim of the foreign media.

    MR Sunday, 01 April 2012 04:48 AM

    Unfortunately you can't bump off the western journalist like the poor SL journalist


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