|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
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.