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Jeyaraj insists on Criminal Defamation Law

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has come under pressure by a section of cabinet of ministers to implement the Criminal Defamation Law (CDL).
Last week the government announced that there was no need to reintroduce the law in the country.
This announcement came in the wake of severe opposition mounted by some senior cabinet ministers at last week’s cabinet meeting who opposed the idea of reintroducing the CDL.
However, senior minister and Highways Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle was of the view that the CDL must be reintroduced in the country to minimize offences and to prevent the media from being irresponsible.
He pointed out that a section of the media was not playing a responsible role in disseminating facts to the masses.
He said certain electronic and print media organizations continued to violate the accepted norms and regulations in the society and provoked the government to take action against them.
He said media organizations must exercise self censorship so that there would be no pressure on the government to reintroduce such laws.
“Even if this law was reintroduced, why should the media get upset? Those who get upset are the ones who are guilty of doing things against the rules and norms. Otherwise they don’t have to get upset about any law,” he said.
He also said some newspapers were disrupting families and tarnishing the image of the country. He added that therefore such laws must be implemented.
Meanwhile The Nation learns that health minister Nimal Siripala de Silva has also echoed similar sentiments, supporting the CDL.
When President Mahinda Rajapaksa met with Wijeya Newspapers Chairman Ranjith Wijewardena he had told the chairman of the publishing house that he (Rajapaksa) was under pressure to reintroduce the CDL.

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