Minister condemns Ranil’s tirade against journalist
UNP and Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe who says he defends
freedom of the press had severely blamed senior journalist of the
Lankadeepa newspaper Dayaseeli Liyanage and her editor at an election
rally using strong language for writing an independent report exposing
the agreement between the TNA and Sarath Fonseka, Mass Media Minister
Lakshman Yapa Abeywardana said yesterday.
Wickremesinghe’s tirade against Liyanage had made her resign from the
position she held at this newspaper.
While pontificating on the right to obtain information and freedom of
the press, his attack on this journalist should be severely condemned as
an act of interference with such freedoms, the minister said.