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May 16, 2018

Don’t make state media mouthpieces of govt. – Mangala (pics) Featured

Media minister Mangala Samaraweera tells the newly-appointed heads of state media not to use their institutions as mouthpieces of the government, as had been done during the Rajapaksa regime.

He was speaking after handing over appointment letters to the heads of  Rupavahini Corporation, SLBC, ITN and Selacine at his ministry today (16).

It was also attended by state minister Eran Wickremaratne and deputy minister Lasantha Alagiyawanne.

Speaking further, Samaraweera said he was unhappy with the lack of progress in the state media institutions since he took over the ministry last May.

As a result, what the government has carried out was not properly communicated to the people, according to him.

He said however, there should be no misuse of the media, like it was done during the previous regime, to abuse and insult political opponents.

Samaraweera also said that despite mudslinging by opponents, media censorship was invalid, adding that politicians should be able to tolerate things unpalatable to them.

He stressed that as long as he was the media minister, the state media would have no place for anything that disrupted racial and religious reconciliation.

The responsible head of the media institution would be expelled immediately if any such thing happened, he warned.

The new appointees:

Rupavahini Corporation – Inoka Satyangani Keerthinanda (chairperson), Nawaz Mohamed (working director), Saranga Wijeratne (director)

SLBC – Siddique Farook (chairman), M.J.R. David (working director), Navin Shanaka (director), Maheshani Kolonne (director), Saman Muthukumarana(director)

ITN – Thilaka Jayasundara (chairperson), Wimal Ketipearachchi (working director), Nalin Aponso (director), Methsiri Paranawithana (director), Serena Peiris(director), Subhash Pinnapola (director)

Selacine – Uma Rajamanthri (chairperson), Thushara Wannniarachchi (director), Ureka Welaratne (director)

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