Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa today said the free media would continue even if the journalists are murdered.
Rajapaksa made this statement a day after the 10th death anniversary of former Sunday Leader Lasantha Wickreamatunge who was murdered in broad daylight under the watch of the Rajapaksa government. Rajapaksa today spoke to ‘Sirasa’ against a protest organized by several pro-democratic civil organizations against the conduct of black media.
Several civil organizations today staged protests opposite all mainstream media institutions demanding fair and ethical coverage. Their mainly raised concerns over the media institutions that justified and supported the 51-day political coup engineered by President Maithripala Sirisena and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Sirasa stopped their regular programmes and went on a special live coverage denouncing and demonizing the protestors.
“They even borrowed the term black media from Ranil Wickremesinghe. It is very clear whom these protestors are serving. They are trying to suppress media and freedom of expression. This is a severe threat to democracy,” Rajapaksa told Sirasa.