Written by Bella Dalima
12 Jun, 2014 | 11:25 pm
The Transparency International says that it condemns the attempt taken by a group of people to sabotage the investigative journalism workshops organised by them.
Views were expressed at a media briefing that was held in Colombo on Wednesday evening.
Executive Director of Transparency International, S. Ranugage expressed views:
“What we wanted to do was to report on how articles relating to good governance mentioned in the LLRC are being implemented following broad investigations. We had to stop the fourth workshop as the Ministry of Defence advised us that we couldn’t conduct it. Their only protest was conducting a workshop in this regard in Tamil. This was the final workshop planned by us. This is a serious concern for us. Is it wrong to conduct workshops in Tamil? Why was this disrupted. We are a legally registered institution, aren’t our actions legal …”
Meanwhile, Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya expressed views during Tuesday’s weekly media briefing of the ‘Ministry of Defence.
“The security forces are not involved in this. We did not have any knowledge on who was conducting this or for what purpose they were conducting this. The army personnel simply informed the hotel staff that a large group of monks and other individuals were preparing for a protest against the hotel.
They must have made this notification in order to ensure the safety of the people. Not a single security personnel went to that hotel. Surrounding the hotel when this organisation was conducting such a programme may be a news story to you, I believe that the army should not be involved in this. I believe that the police should intervene in such civil matters…”
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