In a strong hitting statement, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today criticized the country’s media for adopting a two-faced approach when reporting on certain incidents in the country.
Addressing parliament today, Wickremesinghe said that Sri Lanka didn’t need media which followed a two way approach where in one instance they applaud the Embilipitiya magistrate’s decision, but then goes silent on the Homagama magistrate’s decision.
“How many of you’ll have reported about the Homagama magistrate’s ruling in today’s papers, tell me when you’ll we report it?,” he asked from the media gallery in Parliament. “What have you’ll reported on racism?,” he demanded.
He went on to say that even when the Bar Association issued a statement condemning the incident against a group of people including Buddhist monks who attempted to obstruct the decision of the Homagama magistrate’s decision to remand Galagoda Atte Gnanasara Thero, not many newspapers had published the association’s statement.
“Take a proper stand without hiding the truth. We know the agendas of some of these media, they are trying to create unnecessary communal tensions in the country,” he said.
Wickremesinghe also disclosed that there were two sets of journalists in the country, one that fought for the freedom, and the others who are creating problems but are trying to show an ‘innocent’ face.
“Where were some of these journalists, when Prageeth Eknaligoda disappeared, and Lasantha Wickrematunge were killed?, why were they silent? I know very well in whose pockets they were,” Wickremesinghe said.
Meanwhile a media observer told Colombo Telegraph that Wickremesinghe’s speech appeared to be a ‘bit arranged.’
“It was very critical of the media, but also goes on to reflect the media landscape of the post Rajapaksa era, as well as press freedom in the country.”