27 October, 2020

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Video: World Press Freedom Day- Lecture By Rohan Edrisinha

World Press Freedom Day was organized by Free Media Movement & Sri Lanka Press Institute in the theme of Freedom of Speech and Expression and the Rule of Law on 3rd May 2013 at Hotel Janaki

 

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    A grand even but how many Colombo Telegraph
    readers know what happened at this event.

    The Free Media Movement’s invitees for this
    year’s World Press Freedom Day included General
    Sarath Fonseka.

    If the FMM wallahs check their files, there would
    have been numerous occasions when they have hinted
    in news releases that Fonseka was one of those who
    killed and maimed journalists. The best example is
    one of their own stalwarts, Poddala Jayantha.

    Perhaps the FMM now wants to ensure good relations
    with Fonseka since he is a politician. Who knows he
    can be a future President or Media Minister. Or
    perhaps this is what the new wallahs of the FMM think.
    Okay given them an okay for that.

    Then comes the shocker. FMM invited Fonseka to light
    the oil lamp by giving him a burning candle, the same
    candles their members held aloft when Lasantha Wickremetunga
    was murdered in cold blood in broad daylight.

    The insult was to the wife of Prageeth Ekneligoda’s wife.
    She had to sit and watch the proceedings. There was no canldes
    for her.

    What do you call this? Is this what is meant by a free and fair
    media?

    The next year, they as well invite Fonseka to deliver the
    lecture on how to silence the media. FMM, you are all Foolish
    Media Modayas thriving on foreign and NGO funds. You don’t love
    the profession or the country.

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