The Mahanayaka thera of the Malwatte Chapter the Ven.Thibbotuwawe Sri Sumangala Thera has stressed the need to excert pressure on government to stop threat to media freedom in Sri Lanka.
Secretary general of the Working Journalists Association (WJA) Poddala Jayantha who met Most Venerable Thibbotuwawe Sri Sumangala Maha Thera on Monday said that they met the venarable thera to brief on the present situation faced by the media in Sri Lanka.
He said they are now meeting religious leaders to make them aware of the pressures and threats that they have faced with, and seek their blessings.
Losing democratic rights
Poddala Jayantha said, “suppression of media has left public without reliable information and this is a sign of losing democratic rights”.
The journalists requested the prelate to intervene and advise the politicians against the attacks on free media.
“Maha Nayaka Thero is aware of the incidents and told us that he will request the president to take action to stop attacking media”, said Poddala Jayantha
Journalists working for state television network were attacked following an incident involving Minister Mervin Silva last December.