For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed his concern over growing violence in Sri Lanka, including the reported killings of political activists, as the country’s people prepare to head to the polls to elect a new president.
A day after Sri Lankan Election Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake reportedly expressed disappointment over the failure of the authorities to ensure faithful implementation of the election guidelines related to January 26 presidential poll by all the parties in general and the state media in particular, a Colombo-based NGO thinktank on Wednesday cautioned that “impunity surrounding election-related practices”, if further tolerated, could lead to a breakdown of law and order.
The State and Independent Media Organisations Alliance yesterday said that the Government is utilizing the state media to promote the election campaign of one particular Presidential candidate thereby tarnishing the image of state media and lowering its standards.
The media organisations expressed their views at a press conference held at the Press Institute yesterday.