Nov 21, 2016

‘Good governance govt. attempts to violate media freedom’

The Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) and Center for Human Rights (CHR) say in a statement they are deeply concerned with the statements made by President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Justice Minister Wijayadasa Rajapakshe and BBS General Secretary Ven Galagodatte Gannasara Thera regarding media.

The Prime Minister recently called the Daily FT newspaper a substitute for toilet paper and the secretary to the ministry of media has commenced an investigation on Derana TV. Meanwhile the Justice Minister criticized and its editor in Parliament and Gannasara Thera had used hate speech against SLRC. Meanwhile some organized groups spread sectarian ideas through spreading false information. A fire has broken out at a warehouse that belongs to a Muslim in Piliyandala and there are rumours that a racist elements might be behind that attack.

Meanwhile the government has betrayed the anti-corruption forces. Instead of arresting those responsible for corruption, the government has also tarnished its reputation through being engaged in controversial deals, like the treasury bond scam and coal deal.Simultaneously it is suppressing media freedoms.

Thus CaFFE and CHR are deeply concerned with these developments and urge the government not to suppress media and to take action against extremist elements, the statement adds.