For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya
Journalists who have fled the country are conspiring to defame the country, Minister of Media – Keheliya Rambukwella has said.
Making an exclusive statement to the state-owned Dinamina newspaper, Minister Rambukwella has said that all journalists must stand against this in order to defeat this conspiracy.
He emphasizes that no journalist should be allowed to defame the country.
Journalists who perform their media duties well at this crucial time would forever earn the respect of the nation while those who continue to go against the country by tarnishing its reputation would never be pardoned by the nation.
Joining NGOs and foreign media, these journalists in exile are upto their old tricks again, the Minister has said, adding that they are sacrificing the country for dollars to gain their petty issues.
Noting that Sri Lanka enjoys a larger media freedom when compared with other countries, the minister has added that it is sad that these journalists are unable to perceive this.