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Media freedom in Sri Lanka under grave assault

Media freedom in Sri Lanka is facing its gravest threat today, as illustrated by the actions of the Minister of Labour, Dr. Mervyn de Silva and his bodyguards, who stormed the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC) on Thursday morning, demanding the removal of its News Director, Mr. T. M. G. Chandrasekera, where he was reportedly assaulted, Sri Lanka Press Institute (SLPI) said in a release.

“This is one more in a series of instances where the media has come under assault by those in power, and media workers have been prevented from carrying out their duties,” the statement noted.
The Sri Lanka Press Institute learns that the minister’s action was owing to SLRC not telecasting a speech made by him at a meeting in Matara on Wednesday.

The minister had threatened to destroy Rupavahini if the News Director was not removed.
The SLPI roundly condemns this action where a government minister attempted to take the law into his hands and interfered with the media.

“We strongly urge the government to take immediate steps to arrest this trend where those in power act with impunity, and ensure the protection of media freedom, the foundation of all freedoms,” the release added.

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