22 March 2019
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I urge the media to be impartial – UPFA candidate Mahinda Rajapaksa

mediaKurunegala district parliament contestant Mahinda Rajapaksa during a rally said that some media organizations are campaigning biased to a one party. He said few media institutions find errors of him and give undue publicity. Therefore he urged all media institutions to campaign impartially.


Mahinda Rajapaksa has a genuine right to urge the media institutions to act impartially because the media institutions, journalists and media reporters received an unimaginable freedom during his tenure.

He never brought media heads to Temple Trees and feed them with foods and gave housing and car loans. He never spoke to them in macho level and manipulated the media institutions to write in favour of his regime failing which he never tried to control them using his thuggery.

He never attacked Poddala Jayantha and Keith Noir. There was no allegation against the Rajapaksa government for the killing of journalist Lasantha Wicramathunga. Prageeth Ekneligoda was not dispersed. Anti government journalists were not followed by the white van and motor bikes. Media reporters of the Rupavahini did not suffer from razor cuts. No journalists were threatened at their houses.

Amid the state terror during the Rajapaksa regime Sunanda Deshapriya, Poddala Jayantha and other journalists did not flee the country as refugees to protect their lives.

Newspaper press in the North and South was not burnt. There were no restrictions imposed against newspapers.

Mahinda Rajapaksa paid special tribute to web and other journalists during his tenure. No websites were banned. No web site offices were conflagrated. No web journalists were taken into custody citing false allegations. Following state threats no web journalists fled to the
UK, Switzerland, and India or to Nepal.

No media workshops organized by international and local media trade unions were hindered. All the time the regime gave utmost protection to those workshops.

During his tenure no media organizations or trade unions protested in front of the fort railway station or Lipton roundabout whooping we “need media freedom” and “do not touch media”

When trade unions, university students or people protested for any other violations the Mahinda regime did not mercilessly attack and kill them like animals causing accidents.

This was the special media freedom Sri Lankan journalists enjoyed during the Rajapaksa era. Except Mahinda who else can urge the media institutions to act impartially?

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