Government deplores attempts to curb media freedom
COLOMBO: The Government yesterday deplored attacks on media
personnel and media institutions in the North and East.
The Government Information Department in a news release said these
attacks on the media have been perpetrated by terrorist groups and
interested parties outside the democratic mainstream.
It added: "The latest of such incidents is the burning of copies of
Virakesari newspapers by an unknown group in Batticaloa on Monday. The
Government deplores the incident and has ordered an immediate
investigation into the incident.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has instructed the Inspector General of
Police to carry out comprehensive investigations into these incidents
and report early as possible.
The Government is fully committed to media freedom and will continue
to take every possible step to protect the media institutions and media
The Government recognises that an attempt to prevent distribution of
newspapers in an attack on the right to information and it is totally
unacceptable in a democracy.
The media has the fullest freedom to inform the people and no group
or person has a right to interfere with this freedom. The Government
will not tolerate any attempts by any group or person to harass or
intimidate media and every possible step will be taken to foster,
strengthen and sustain media freedom in Sri Lanka."