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The Ministry of Health along with the Department of Government Information yesterday requested all media houses and journalists actively engaged in reporting the current COVID-19 pandemic to stick to authorized state information sources only and nothing else.
Director General Government Information Nalaka Kaluwewa forwarding a statement issued by the Director General Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe last evening said, the latter had announced a set of guidelines to be followed by all media personnel and houses in reporting the developing situation in the local pandemic.
The DG Health Services had requested the media to use only the confirmed and verified information disseminated through the authorised government sources, as the credibility of certain news reports being published by journalists based on the quotes and statements obtained from various individuals in the health sector authorities, could lead to a state confusion. 
Therefore, the media could obtain data and situation reports issued by teh Department of Government Information, Ministry f Health and SL Army Media about the current development. 
They also requested the media not to mention the ethnicity or religion of the people being subjected to quarantine, patients of deaths of the Covid-19.
It was also requested to mention the infected persons as patients of pandemic and not as someone who carry the disease to others.
The authorities informed the media not to broadcast any video footage or photograph of those being subjected to quarantine, against their will. Airing sensitive video footages of the deceased victims and the cremation process should be done with semi-blurred visuals.
The guidelines specifically request from the media not to report in a manner that would instill hatred among communities about the infected and the patients. It further stated that by doing so the potential infected persons would not present themselves to teh health services out of fear of public outrage and social stigma. Dr. Jasinghe further requested the media to cooperate in reporting to uplift the positive mindset of the public during this difficult period, whilst thanking them for their commitment thus far.(Kurulu Koojana Kariyakarawana) 


  Comments - 4

  • Sokrates Saturday, 04 April 2020 10:44 AM

    That means, the media shall only publish the fake news from the government. This means that freedom of the press and freedom of expression in this country are suspended. People have already been arrested for spreading or relaying news on the social network that the government did not approve of. The dictatorship closes the throat of democracy.

    Chand Saturday, 04 April 2020 10:49 AM

    Right thing to do! We are all brothers and sisters irrespective of ethnicity and religious beliefs! Support each other and look after each other!! Need of the hour. Let authorities call learned shots!!

    True Sri Lankan Saturday, 04 April 2020 11:09 AM

    Daily Mirror should only publish supporting authorities during this difficult period. No politics with authorities decisions to cause ethnic disharmony! and that is responsible journalism !! Support the authorities in this tough period. Daily Mirror Take note please!

    AMKP Saturday, 04 April 2020 06:54 PM

    Please ask the TV Stations not to bring the GMOA Clowns before the public. Only Dr. Jasinghe should be allowed to face the TV and tell the public the truth

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