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President Maithripala Sirisena said today some media institutions were attempting to make him disappear politically even though the new government had ensured media freedom by putting an end to the disappearances of journalists.

The President said the media should report the truth with criticism through discussion and wisdom.

He expressed these views at the 60th Anniversary celebrations of the Sri Lanka Press Association held at the BMICH.

At the ceremony ten veteran journalists -- Yatiyana Pushpakumara, Sunil Madhawa Premathilake, Elmo Fernando, Ashoka Thilakaratne, Anula de Silva, Cyril Wimalasurendra, Sriya Ratnakara, S. Nadarajah Iyer, Dr. Lalitha Siribaddana and Chinthana Jayasena were felicitated.

Parliament Reforms and Mass Media Minister Gayantha Karunathilake, Provincial Councils and Local Government Deputy Minister Karunaratne Paranawithane, Indian Federation of Working Journalists (IFWJ) President K. Vikram Rao and Sri Lanka Press Association President Muditha Kariyakarawana also attended the ceremony. (Amila Priyankara)

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  • sarath Saturday, 10 October 2015 01:19 PM

    Every politician has the media phobia and media also abuse the freedom. therefore naturally MS should take care of media and spell out his feelings.

    srinadaraja Wednesday, 14 October 2015 01:32 PM

    good comment

    mohamed asfar Monday, 12 October 2015 03:00 PM

    my god..... you are the president of sri lanka act and speak like one please.

    dessy Sunday, 11 October 2015 11:59 AM

    Where are you Sir?. I thought you have already disappeared. Government is back on the same game and nothing credible is happening. Cant you see Sir? Dont blame the media, they are doing their job right.

    Asoka Saturday, 10 October 2015 11:41 PM

    You are now in "Prathigaami" side not "Pragathisheeli" side

    raj Saturday, 10 October 2015 11:15 PM

    If what media covers is not true, anyone can challenge it in the court. Please do not generalize that media does not tell the truth. Without media freedom, no democracy can survive. Sri Lanka has many censorship from its independent. All government should be transparent to have healthy democracy.

    dillondp Saturday, 10 October 2015 08:05 PM

    Mr. President Media freedom is not the disappearance i think you should read something about it in deep. in a nut shell if i may, its about expressing anything about anyone and reporting about anything about anyone and not being killed for it...however if i may also point out the marvelous comic work our police carryout i dont think there will be any freedom of any such until we get some good people to protect the law i know its a far cry ,,, so please try to make it happen rather than singing about it

    sss Saturday, 10 October 2015 05:50 PM

    and who do you want.

    sss Saturday, 10 October 2015 05:49 PM

    a whiner?

    saman Saturday, 10 October 2015 02:52 PM

    Well, protecting media freedom was one of your policies.

    ihale Saturday, 10 October 2015 02:56 PM

    We hat off you for building our country image in international arena... However You are also following what MR did as a dictator. Your framed photos are hanging every where in the country together with henchmens photos.The decisions UNP government are being taken seems moving against the peoples endorsement. .In short We as UNPIANs disgusted with the government ..... via DM Android App

    Ibn Yusuf Saturday, 10 October 2015 02:48 PM

    There is nothing called a free press or media all work to an agenda as determined by their handlers. Free press and media is a myth propagated by the West and other vested interests in order they be allowed to be given unfettered license to achieve their objectives - most based on self interest

    Silva Saturday, 10 October 2015 02:44 PM

    Hon sir, no one can make you disappear, people are behind you, it is we who decide not the politicians, MR or RW, you will win the next term as well in a revolutionary manner, without a single banner, cutout and meeting, we will make it happen, you will be our Lee Kwan Yue for the next 25 years !

    gayan Saturday, 10 October 2015 01:52 PM

    Get some work done rather than complaining all the time. Economy is collapsing

    Treehorse Friday, 09 October 2015 08:42 PM

    Sir, You are also heading in the direction of your predecessor. So tread carefully.Your daughter took governments officials without having any official government positions and then your son followed to you the UN. Still we are waiting for answers on these issues. On what official capacity was your son sat in the UN general assembly? Is the Junket borne by the tax payers?Do not blame the media, They are the eyes and ears of the public.

    Sri Wickrama Saturday, 10 October 2015 12:42 PM

    Not only certain media but also slaves of MR are hell bent to disappear you.

    Roger Saturday, 10 October 2015 12:47 PM

    Of all the preceding comments agree with Treehorses 100 percent. via DM Android App

    Mason Saturday, 10 October 2015 11:56 AM

    The Media is entitled to eye and report to the public everything you do.

    Kasyapa Saturday, 10 October 2015 11:21 AM

    Your moral character had been disappeared long ago since from the date you back stab to your longtime comrade. And, we now see the consequences.

    The God Father Saturday, 10 October 2015 09:53 AM

    We need a president who hails from a good family, educated and studied in one of the leading schools and the rest will fall in shape automatically.

    Colourless Saturday, 10 October 2015 09:26 AM

    Coming colours no good!. Slowly, starting the witch hunt!.

    Sammy Saturday, 10 October 2015 08:56 AM

    The media are only trying to show your flaws in administering Yahapalanaya, by highlighting specific wrongdoings. Be open to learn from those mistakes highlighted, Mr. President!

    saba Saturday, 10 October 2015 08:39 AM

    Another dictator in the making.

    Cheers Saturday, 10 October 2015 01:34 AM

    Yes president this is Karma coming back for what you did for MR anyway you helped UNP now their job is done and want to oust you do not trust chandrika

    CitizenPerera Saturday, 10 October 2015 01:02 AM

    Aiyo Sirisena! Our journalist and media are not trying to end your political career. They want make you look good by portraying your weaknesses and corrupt practices that go against your own "Yahapalanaya".

    Appa_ratte Friday, 09 October 2015 11:05 PM

    No body is trying to get rid of the president but no one would let him play the former presidents game. He is now promoting TNA as Tamils

    asoka Friday, 09 October 2015 10:50 PM

    We want you out too not just the media. So go eat some hoppers and get lost !!!

    Patron Friday, 09 October 2015 09:34 PM

    Now the President knows why the media feared MR :p


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