The collective of media organizations has brought to the attention of the speaker an attempt to suppress media activity by using parliamentary powers and privilege law against journalists. Sri Lanka Latest News
In a letter sent to the speaker by 6 media organizations, it has been emphasized that they condemn with contempt all the narrow efforts that are being made to block the right of the public to know the truth by intimidation of journalists.
Quoting the Sunday Lankadeepa newspaper published on January 28, Parliamentarian D. Weerasinghe said that his privileges have been breached through the news published about the Online Act so that the Parliamentary Powers and Privileges Committee should deal with it.
Expressing surprise that the Speaker has referred the Parliamentary Powers and Privileges Committee to deal with the news, the media organizations are closely monitoring the government’s efforts to suppress the media using outdated laws that “do not have a specific procedure for trial and sentencing”. informed.
Below is the announcement jointly issued by Sri Lanka Professional Journalists Association, Free Press Movement, Sri Lanka Muslim Media Forum, Tamil Media Forum, Sri Lanka Young Journalists Association and South Asian Free Press Forum.