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Don’t play with fire: Gammanpila tells PM

25 July 2016 03:16 pm - 13     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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While criticizing the controversial statement made by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in Kandy on Saturday, regarding certain media personnel, Opposition MP Udaya Gammanpila today said the Prime Minister should not play with fire.

Speaking at a media briefing, MP Gammanpila said Premier Wickremesinghe would soon learn a lesson from media personnel if he goes ahead with his decision to teach a lesson for certain print media institutions.

“I would like to remind him that the politicians who attempted to teach lessons for journalists had to end up with learning very good lessons for life. So, we are warning the Prime Minister, do not ask for troubles by playing with fire,” he said.

He went on to say that the role of media which is reporting occurrences and events of the country should not be prevented by any means.

Adding to that, he said if the country is already facing a chaotic situation, reporting of day-to-day happenings of the country undoubtedly raises the opposition of the people.

Therefore, the government’s attempt to criticize or remove journalists who report the incidents, which impact the government, is futile.

Instead of that, it is better for the government to detect their weaknesses and take measures to correct them, he said.

“Media do not produce news. What they do is reporting. It is a responsibility of the government to work in a way the people are satisfied and as a result of that the media will have good things to report. The fault is with the government, not with media or the people,” MP Gammanpila said. (Piyumi Fonseka)

 

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  Comments - 13

  • ANTON Monday, 25 July 2016 03:27 PM

    BUT THOSE DAYS HE HELPED TO SPREAD THE FIRE , NOW HE IS TRYING TO PLAY WITH IT. ....... LIKE YOU !!!

    hafildeen Monday, 25 July 2016 03:30 PM

    panina piladha ?? dhuwana piladha

    Steven Monday, 25 July 2016 03:36 PM

    This guy is becoming a "Court Jester" now. He should concentrate more on his shares fiddle and to get out of the fraud charges without wasting time on others.

    chux Monday, 25 July 2016 03:48 PM

    Which means if incase media personnel have done anything wrong country can not apply laws against them.Pls note all are under law and order.....

    sobers Monday, 25 July 2016 03:49 PM

    It is true certain media is misusing the freedom of Democracy.

    bandu Monday, 25 July 2016 03:54 PM

    this is more applicable to you and your current and former bosses.

    REALPATRIAT Monday, 25 July 2016 03:57 PM

    WE ALL KNOW PRETTY WELL HOW MAARA REGIME DEALT WITH JOURNALISTS LASANTHA PODULLA AND EKENALGODA FOR CRITICISED THE DICTATORIAL OACTION OF MAARA. via DM Android App

    Veda-mama Monday, 25 July 2016 04:07 PM

    Have you forgotten what you all did to Media Personnel who criticised you all during your regime?????

    B S Perera Monday, 25 July 2016 04:18 PM

    UG says "I would like to remind him that the politicians who attempted to teach lessons for journalists had to end up with learning very good lessons for life". What we saw in the last decade was the OPPOSITE

    yakadaya Monday, 25 July 2016 04:23 PM

    Think you just returned from your trip to MARS.

    ANTON Monday, 25 July 2016 04:25 PM

    MODERN ANDAREY .........

    TONY Tuesday, 26 July 2016 12:07 PM

    IN CASE OF FIRE, WE HAVE THE FIRE BRIGADE

    Selvyn Tuesday, 26 July 2016 12:11 PM

    This lunatic doesnt realise his imminent fate of falling into fire. via DM Android App


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