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Minister Nimal says a case warranting media regulation

Media reporting incident involving Ven. Ajahn Brahm Thera at BIA

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Ports, Shipping and Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva, who accused the media of involving him and Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardane in the ordeal experience by Venerable Ajahn Brahmawanso (Ajahn Brahm Thera), said it was a case warranting regulation of media activities.

The minister said that the Prime Minister was at a different lounge while he was at a separate section of the VIP lounge.

"Media should not manufacture news. They report what really happened. This is why we need regulation on the media," he said.

He also apologized to the Venerable Thera for holding him back at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) for 12 hours. An inquiry conducted by the Civil Aviation Authority would reveal who was at fault and assured to prevent recurrent of such incidents in the future, he said.

The Minister told Parliament that the Civil Aviation Authority as the regulatory body was conducting an inquiry as to how the incident occurred.

"The President ordered an inquiry through the Presidential Secretariat. I informed him that the Civil Aviation Authority is the regulatory body to conduct the investigation and as such an investigation is in progress at that moment. We will be able to know who overlooked his or her duties," he said.

Meanwhile, responding to a question by SJB MP Ajith Mannapperuma, Public Security Minister Tiran Alles said there were no armed STF personnel inside the VIP Lounge and said they were only outside the Lounge.

MP Mannapperuma requested the Minister to conduct an inquiry to get it confirmed that STF personnel were not inside the VIP Lounge as there were reports of STF presence in the VIP Lounge. (Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera)


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  • Emsee Tuesday, 06 June 2023 09:22 PM

    No, Mr Minister, it is not a case to justify media regulation. If the media has falsely implicated you, you can always challenge the media organisation in a legal manner.

    Mahila Wednesday, 07 June 2023 06:21 AM

    Emcee, You're right on the money, Minister, File a defamation case!!!? If, Minister feels he has been evidently wronged by media report, then Minister should file for “Defamation of Character” as Senior Cabinet Member!!?? Making statements in Parliament under ‘PRIIVLEGE’ isn’t much help!!!??? CHARACTER DEFAMATION is wrong –especially yours, held high in esteem – is the way to go!!!?? Entire truth and nothing but the truth comes out in OPEN like, 'TERMITES Crawling Out of WOODWORK’ when SUNLIGHT hits (ITC* – Judicial Light)! Include Media report 10 months ago, purportedly, requesting Payment from BIA Upgrade Contractor!!! These “UNSCRUPULOUS MEDIA” – Teach them a lesson! Merits defamation case!!!??? Insult, innuendoes, Media’s Whims

    Dosa Wednesday, 07 June 2023 08:15 AM

    This is how politicians deceive general public

    Walter Perera Tuesday, 06 June 2023 09:26 PM

    The situation would have been a different one altogether with Minister Nimal if there had been actress to board the flight!

    Thananjayan T Tuesday, 06 June 2023 09:42 PM

    This is just on the light side of the news, more like a gossip. So stop fussing around trivial things, when you lot carry out day light robery and go scot free. Its sad the ignorant Sinhala voters keep electing crooks who things that they are above the law, and no story should appear about them. Hope you will be kicked out of political life forever with next election.

    Mandayan Wednesday, 07 June 2023 01:36 AM

    Nimal, remember the same media reported about the pressure applied by a colleague of your in admitting a person with forged passport and the same media report a parliamentary colleague of your for bringing in gold! should these also irritate you?

    Ram Wednesday, 07 June 2023 02:33 AM

    If innocent civil remedy is available to Nimal and being a lawyer he is aware of it. I am yet to see a politician seeking civil remedy for false or inaccurate reporting. The reason, they have too many skeletons in their cupboards

    Kingsley Wijesinhe Wednesday, 07 June 2023 06:06 AM

    The Sri Lankan culture is such that all the relevant officials would have been jumping up and down trying to look after the Prime Minister and Minister Nimal Siripala, with the result that other passengers like Ven. Ajahn Brahmavamso would have been ignored.

    Upulpb Wednesday, 07 June 2023 06:58 AM

    As always shoot the messenger and forgot about it. What a country we live in

    Spartacus Wednesday, 07 June 2023 07:30 AM

    This fellow will find any type of issue and manipulate towards his benefit. This crooks corruption with his colleague Dr. Ajith Mendis (Ex Director Medical Supplies now at 90y Director of Airport

    Buddhist Wednesday, 07 June 2023 03:56 PM

    What about an independent inquiry into the Ministers asking for bribes from a Japanese company?


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