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11 April 2016 08:33 am - 9     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


President Maithripala Sirisena sternly warned a security officer of the president's security detail when journalists complained to him of the threatening attitude of that officer towards the journalists.

Journalists said they were obstructed by members of the president’s security detail when they went to cover the president’s visit to the Asgiri Temple to meet the new Mahanayaka Thera of the Asgiri Chapter.

Journalists informed the president about the inconvenience caused to them when he was returning from the temple due to the dispute between the journalists and the security officer.

After listening to the journalists President Sirisena sternly warned the security officer and told him not to harass them.

Acting IGP S.M. Wickremesinghe, Central Province Senior DIG Gamini Dissanayake and several politicians were present at the time. (J.A.L. Jayasinghe)

  Comments - 9

  • TONY Monday, 11 April 2016 08:59 AM


    mara Monday, 11 April 2016 09:06 AM

    we saw he said theres rain coming. feeling slippery. via DM Android App

    Desmond Jeromme Monday, 11 April 2016 09:14 AM

    Our President always takes quick actions, it is a welcome act.

    Kiris Baba Amaray Monday, 11 April 2016 09:15 AM

    Hope now the Security of President will be a threat after this incident. Be aware Sir.

    Manuel Benjamin Monday, 11 April 2016 09:17 AM

    If it is Mahinda, it will be the other way. The journalist would have been lifted by a White Van.

    usaguy Monday, 11 April 2016 11:28 AM

    that is one thing. but we saw one journalist shouting with his fingers pointed. wonder if he will do that to any JO poticians. learn to respect the head of state. via DM Android App

    Katie Monday, 11 April 2016 12:08 PM

    Just as much as the President warned his security regarding the prevention of journalist! Journalist too should know to respect the Head of State no matter what. Not only the Head of State, even any other citizen specially when the person concerned objects to Journalist prodding on them.

    Ganesha Monday, 11 April 2016 08:09 PM

    Every journalist is not honest and balanced ,still some donkeys are there misusing the freedom of expression which they did not have under previous dictator.However every journalist should be respected and taken them to task if they are found bias.

    Eds Tuesday, 12 April 2016 09:14 AM

    White "unproven" vans then and black "proven" defenders now ?

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