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I was provoked excessively: John

17 June 2017 01:45 pm - 5     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Responding to the allegation that he had attempted to assault a journalist, Minister John Amarathunga said he was provoked excessively by the journalist and it was beyond the limit of his patience.

Commenting on the recent incident that took place at his house in Kandana, at a media briefing at UNP Headquarters Sirikotha yesterday, the minister said journalists should not abuse the freedom they have and that he had warned this journalist on several occasions earlier as well.

“I have had connections with journalists for a long period of time and never experienced such an incident. Journalists should be disciplined and moderate in their behaviour but some acted in an arrogant manner . He has also complained to the Human Right Commission- but he cannot do so as this incident happened in my residence," the Minister said.

He also said some tried to take these incidents as opportunities to go abroad. I had asked them to leave as they were trying to send us beyond the limits of our patience

The incidents in the past when the journalists were suppressed are known to us and this recent event is comparatively simple, he said. (Sujith Hewajulige)


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  Comments - 5

  • Shelly. Saturday, 17 June 2017 02:17 PM

    Now weve seen both sides of the coin. Most in the both parties(involved) are not genuine. Why this reporter is after John...Seems this reporter had a personal grudge. via DM Android App

    Vernon Saturday, 17 June 2017 02:33 PM

    We know that you get provoked and excited excessively.

    Sunil Saturday, 17 June 2017 02:58 PM

    The journalists asked these questions as they were of vital interest to the general public. It was the minister who self-provoked himself as he could not give any acceptable answer. The entire government cannot as yet give any reasonable solution to the garbage crisis and garbage is piling up in Colombo and the suburbs.

    Arnold Saturday, 17 June 2017 03:18 PM

    John needs to retire. Anyway Sri Lankan journalists were more decent when the white vans were around. Now their questioning gets a bit too offensive.

    PROVOKE Saturday, 17 June 2017 03:20 PM

    " I am sorry to think that you do not get a man's most effective criticism until you provoke him. Severe truth is expressed with some bitterness. " - Henry David Thoreau

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