A new video contradicts the claim that Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake verbally abused the Divulapitiya Divisional Secretary.
Broadcasting a distorted version of an event, a section of media had accused that Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake verbally abused the Divulapitiya Divisional Secretary in public recently.
However, a new video, which recorded the full conversation, raises questions over the claims made by them, has grossly understated what the first video in fact demonstrated.
Followed by protests staged in a number of divisional secretariats in the Gampaha District against Ranjan Ramanayake, officials of the Sri Lanka Administrative Services Association (SLASA) and the Divulapitiya Divisional Secretary yesterday met President Maithripala Sirisena over the incident where Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake had allegedly used strong language against the Divulapitiya Divisional Secretary.
Issuing a statement, the SLASA said the President had assured to inform the Deputy Minister personally to withdraw his statements. “The President claimed the incident should not have happened and the deputy minister was at fault. He also expressed his apology. If Deputy Minister Ramanayake continues to be adamant, our executive committee, which will meet up on Friday, will decide what future action should be taken,” SLASA Secretary Sunil Galagama said.
However, Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake said yesterday that he had not done anything wrong and therefore, he would not apologise to the Divulapitiya Divisional Secretary.
Broadcasters’ guidelines such as BBC editorial guidelines said: “We should ensure that any digital manipulation, including the use of CGI or other production techniques to create scenes or characters, does not distort the meaning of events, alter the impact of genuine material or otherwise seriously mislead our audiences.”