Artistes, celebrities hit out at gossip websites
Artistes and celebrities yesterday lashed out at websites that resort
to character assassination and gossip mongering thereby tarnishing the
good name and reputation of famous personalities in the cinematic and
They hailed the government for banning several websites which have
failed to register with the Media and Information Ministry. The artistes
voiced their anger over the conduct of these websites which go against
all ethics and accepted norms.
They said these websites were trying to create a wrong impression
about the country too by disseminating baseless and distorted news
without giving an opportunity to the victims to have their say. “These
websites spread false news bringing disrepute to certain individuals and
shame on the country,” they said. Actress Angela Seneviratne said stiff
competition between websites has resulted in this situation.
“These websites are not legal and there is competition among these
websites. They tarnished the characters of several popular personalities
to become more popular than their competitors,” she said. “They tried to
achieve their goals while using the free media concept in a wrong
‘It is a threat to the good image which these popular persons have
built with their own courage and because of these illegal websites they
fail to protect their image and following of their fans,” Seneviratne
Commenting on the topic, Southern Provincial Council member and
actress Anarkali Akarsha said the government has taken a correct
decision to seal gossip websites.
“Some websites mislead both local and international community with
its false publications,” she said .
“It is true that we are living in a modern world. We browse websites
to get proper information. We don’t want to get false information
through these websites. Therefore the government has taken a correct
step to put an end to this problem and take care of the people,” she
Parliamentarian and actress Upeksha Swarnamali said she is extremely
happy about this decision. “As a public servant, I am always looking for
justice. The government has taken a correct decision against gossip
websites publishing false information. The government should also take
measures to ensures justice in all fields,” she said.
Veteran lyricist, writer and film maker Professor Sunil Ariyaratne
said owners of sealed websites say they never published false
information and they only published the reality.
“It is good if they published only the correct thing as it is their
duty to show correct things in society to the public. Unfortunately,
some websites have made unfounded allegations against some artistes
causing them mental distress,” he said.