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News


UNP says ‘no’ to media gag

By Anurangi Singh
The United National Party will strongly oppose any sort of censorship on the media that the government intends imposing in the future citing the current security situation in the country, former minister professor G.L. Peiris said.
Elaborating he said, that it is pointless to impose a censorship at a time communication media has developed by leaps and bounds. He was speaking at a Rotary Club meeting on the current situation in Sri Lanka and the role of the civil society.
“Rumour mills are busy these days saying that the government is planning to clamp the censorship again. I would like to say that if a decision to that effect is taken the UNP will strongly oppose it. Imposing a censorship is meaningless, considering the vast strides of development the communication sector has gone through in the recent past, such as the internet, short messages and so on.” said the professor.
Talking on the role of the civil society he said that it is the responsibility of the civil society as much as the politicians to be involved in finding a solution to the current national issue . Explaining the role which was played by the civil society of South Africa in bringing a lasting peace, for the conflict which lasted for nearly seven years, he said was commendable.
“Because that is you- the civil society, the corporate sector and the business community- particularly has a pivotal role to play in the current affairs of the country. Some of you must be aware of the situation that existed in South Africa earlier is somewhat similar to the conditions that we are facing in Colombo today. He said that it was the business community there that took the initiative of getting the parties together and played a crucial role to get the international community’s attention” he said.
There appears to be a dramatic lack of conversation, where both parties are not in talking terms and not having a consensus. In this scenario it is the business community that should make every effort to bring back the warring parties to the negotiation table, he said.