For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya
It is no secret that a huge media hunt has been adopted by the present government. This repression is picking up day after day with media firms that criticize the government being burnt down, abductions and assassinations of media personnel and threats mounting against them. Our revelation is not about that. The government has come down to the level of writing editorials at Temple Trees in the mudslinging campaign against their rivals.
The editorial of “Divaina” newspaper on 16th January 2012 and that of “Rivira” newspaper on 22nd January 2012 are examples of the shameless media culture of the government. In both editorials, certain phrases and metaphors used are the same. Therefore, it is obvious that these editorials have not been written by the editors of these newspapers. We believe that the editors of these newspapers are not so poor in writing to copy an editorial of another newspaper in the same form and content.
These two editorials have heavily criticised the People’s Movement for Struggles and they contain phrases in the words of government politicians who are uttering nonsense these days. It is obvious that these two editorials reflect the vicious propaganda work of the Temple Trees and they have been written by the same person. He has by mistake given the same editorial to two newspapers.
This is an indication of the media behaviour of the soverign Sri Lanka. The government does not allow newspaper editors to write their opinion freely. It is clear that most editorials express the viewpoint of the government.
Both editorials can be read at the Lanka Views site in Sinhala.
22 January 2012 /Lanka Views