For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya
The Ravaya newspaper editor has decided to terminate the employment of journalist Ranjith Gunawardena with immediate effect after finding out the newspaper’s headline story last week written by him quoting JHU National Organizer and Spokesperson, Nishantha Sri Warnasighe on KP was false.
Following is the response by the Ravaya Editor expressing his regret to the JHU story:
“JHU Media Secretary Nishantha Sri Warnasinghe has complained to the Ravaya newspaper that he did not make the comment to the newspaper about “JHU objects to KP’s freedom,” which was the headline story of the newspaper on August 22 and that a journalist called Ranjith Gunawardena had not contacted him. The JHU Secretary has also informed Ravaya of this matter in writing.
“When inquiring into the story by the newspaper, it was unable to confirm for sure that the respective Ravaya journalist had called JHU Media Secretary Nishantha Sri Warnasinghe and had recorded a comment from him.
Ravaya accepts that the journalist has caused severe damage to the media profession and the Ravaya newspaper as well. Therefore, Ravaya expresses regret at any inconvenience caused to the JHU and its media secretary Nishantha Sri Warnasinghe by the newspaper’s lead story. The Ravaya newspaper also expresses regret any inconvenience caused to the readers by the irresponsible act of a member of the newspaper’s editorial staff.
“We would also like to add that the Ravaya newspaper has decided to terminate the employment of Ranjith Gunawardena, who wrote the story, with immediate effect.”