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Importance of maintaining Media Freedom highlighted

Former Media Minister and Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) Parliamentarian Imthiyas Bakeer Markar highlighted the importance of maintaining the media freedom by democratic governments and said according to the `Freedom House’ annual study, Sri Lanka is in the 56th position among 100 countries that are not properly maintaining its media freedom.

Quoting statistics of the `Freedom House’ annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide, Bakeer Marker said that Sri Lanka’s freedom rights for media cannot be accepted when considering several violations being reported against media personnel.

The former Minister also said that even several organisations affiliated to the United Nations Organization (UNO) and also to worldwide democratic parliaments are always focusing on the obstacles related to the media freedom in Sri Lanka and the violation of human rights in the country.

He said there were incidents that threats were carried out against media personnel in Sri Lanka when they were going to report incidents.

Former Minister Bakeer Marker also highlighted a few other incidents that badly affected media personnel in Sri Lanka and requested authorities to refrain from destroying the country’s media freedom in future. 

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