Five Media has strongly condemned a reported warning by the Army Commander against the continuation of defence features of ‘Sunday Lankadeepa’.
In a statement, they said Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka had told staff journalist Indika Ramanayake that he would not cooperate with the newspaper if did not stop the two articles.
The features in question are a defence analysis by Duminda Sanjeewa and a translation of the security situation by Iqbal Athas.
Lt. Gen. Fonseka had made the statement when staff journalist Ramanayake had called him this morning (Aug. 05th) to seek his permission to obtain certain information from another officer.
The Five Media says in a statement that they treated this incident as an indirect intimidation aimed at media censorship.
The Army chief’s request, or rather order, is a breach of the people’s right to information as well as a threat to the media.
They urged Lt. Gen. Fonseka to change his hostile approach towards the media, pointing out that changing the manner of reporting at the whims of those in power amounted to a control of the media.
– LD web site