|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
“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
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.