Refrain from publishing provocative news - Minister
Media and Information Minister Anura Priyadharshana Yapa urged the
media to refrain from publishing provocative news items and to be
cautious on reporting issues with regard to the peace initiatives.
Minister made this comment when he met the editors and senior
journalists of the Tamil print and electronic media at the Media
The representatives of the Tamil print and electronic media brought
to the notice of the Minister over the problems such as detention and
interrogation faced by the Tamil media personnel in recent days.
During the discussion Minister said that if there was any abuse or
excesses of power on the part of the police or the security forces he
would not hesitate to take action against those responsible.
Minister further added that the Government was very much keen to see
that the peace prevailed free from all evils.
It was with this intention that the Security Forces and the Police
carried out routine search operations in the country and not with the
intention of harassing any particular section of the community.
Military spokesman Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe, Police spokesman
SSP Reinzie Perera and SSP Dayananada Bandara and Director of Government
Information Anusha Palpita were also present at the meeting.
The suggestion was also tabled at the meeting to send the specimens
of the media accreditation card issued by the Director of Information to
Police and the Security Forces enabling them to easily recognise the
The Military spokesman also suggested that all media should nominate
their journalists who cover the defence related issues in order to
maintain good rapport in releasing news items.