For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya
State controlled media has launched a vicious campaign against two newspapers to be re launched in coming months. The two independent news papers Mawbima and Standard Weekly were forced to shut down by the government in 2008. Now even before the newspapers are re-launched government has launched intimidatory campaign against them. Here is a news item telecasted on state controlled ITN TV accusing the newspapers are linked to war crime campaign.
OPPOSITION MEDIA CONSPIRACY SURFACES – ITN
Information of a media conspiracy of the Opposition of taking false and vicious propaganda against the country to the world has come to light. Information has been uncovered of a plan by an Opposition Group to launch a so called national newspaper with the prime intention of launching a false propaganda campaign within the country in parallel to the media conspiracy mooted internationally via Channel 4. An LTTE loyal outfit and a political group which receives grants from the world have taken the lead in this move. Informed sources have confirmed that the objective of this weekend newspaper is to sling mud at the Government headed by the President and the Security Chiefs making false allegation through its release.
A group of journalists who had fled the country after going against the motherland in the past are said to be directly involved in its. The same sources have also confirmed that efforts are being made to solicit the support of journalists who are serving in national newspapers by offering lucrative salaries to achieve their ends. Sources affiliated to this newspaper said that persons of certain security sectors which were operative against the country during the last Presidential poll are preparing features to take false propaganda concocting incidents which are said to have taken place during the humanitarian operations. Information has also come to light that some local as well as foreign NGOs were directly supporting this media conspiracy. Informed source said that this media conspiracy had been undertaken with the aim of launching a foreign conspiracy directing the country to a disturbing situation by defeated political forces which cannot triumph through the people’s mandate.
In the meantime another attempt of this group which is working against the country is to further sharpen this conspiracy by utilizing a private TV Channel and a Radio Channel. It has been revealed that the Tamil Diaspora in Europe is extending support to this media conspiracy.