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Attack on media: Dangerous trend by Govt.: JVP

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The present government has set in motion a dangerous trend by threatening and attacking the media, Chief Opposition Whip Anura Kumara Dissanayake told Parliament today.

Speaking during the committee stage debate on the budget, said President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had resorted to such threats.

Mr. Dissanayake said the recent statement by President Sirisena that front pages of newspapers were destroying the country was on such example. “The rulers are the ones who are destroying the country," he said adding that the statement made by Mr Wickremesinghe on July 23 that the Daily Mirror Editor would be taught a good lesson also amounted to an indirect threat.

Mr. Dissanayake said there were issues pertaining to ethics in media institutions and journalists but there were ways to criticize them.

He spoke on behalf of the journalists saying their salaries should be increased and described the incidents of killing, abducting and assaulting journalists as those which had taken place during a 'black decade'. (Yohan Perera)

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  • Mason Tuesday, 29 November 2016 10:37 AM

    It is only the guilty who are seeing a GHOST in every tree. Media is reporting the truth and if and when they deviate the government can take them to task in the Courts. Instead, trying to curtail the media only amounts to that you do not want your actions reported, as your intentions are suspect.Please stop harassing the media and get on with the job of work that you promised the people at the elections.

    Chux Monday, 28 November 2016 09:28 PM

    Just because you in trends with owners of media it does not mean media so fair and good and they are not gods of our nations like politicians

    Wedige Tuesday, 29 November 2016 11:50 AM

    Hey Man - Can you recollect, what you all have done in 1971.

    Raz Monday, 28 November 2016 09:53 PM

    correct stop attacking the media.Start killing the journalists like the previous regime via DM Android App

    ase Tuesday, 29 November 2016 11:55 AM

    Mason, every one has the right to defend one self even the govt.

    Handipora Tuesday, 29 November 2016 11:58 AM

    Well said

    Chamil Tuesday, 29 November 2016 01:43 PM

    I think the PM is right here. The government is only practicing freedom of speach. It does not attack anybody physically.

    German Jacob Tuesday, 29 November 2016 07:02 AM

    Correct, the man who told will give Media Freedom is now attacking the media. He has so many tongues.

    Bubble Banda Tuesday, 29 November 2016 07:04 AM

    There is no difference between the previous regime and the present regime. All are rouges.

    nuwan Tuesday, 29 November 2016 07:26 AM

    They ONLY exercising the RIGHT TO REPLY which was never there during Biyya's regime! When the media attacks the government the government has an equal right to reply Mr JVP!

    Lk Tuesday, 29 November 2016 08:17 AM

    All this guy ever does is complain.

    surasena Tuesday, 29 November 2016 08:48 AM

    Now we are reluctant to post even a comment; you never know where the end would be.

    nick Tuesday, 29 November 2016 09:56 AM

    we keep changing government thinking they will do a good job to see all same just different times poor us always get cheated by politicians via DM Android App


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