Written by Lahiru Fernando
09 Oct, 2015 | 9:19 pm
The 60th anniversary celebrations of the Sri Lanka Press Association held at the BMICH on Friday.
President Maithripala Sirisena, who was the chief guest for the event, stated that over the past decades journalists had to sacrifice themselves for media freedom and some lost their limbs while some disappeared.
The President said:
I need to mention that, as a new government we will establish right to operate freely in the media sector. In the past there were the white van abductions, influences made over the phone – the instructions and orders were given for the headlines. We are aware of what took place and we are also aware of the telephone conversations that took place to write against one’s own cabinet of ministers.
At the United Nations Human Rights Council, the resolution on Sri Lanka was adopted. However at that time, the extremist politicians in the country attempted to drive away the victory that we achieved, but I am thankful for the media for operating in a wise manner during that time period
Minister of Mass Media Gayantha Karunathilaka officials and journalists were among those present for the event. Awards were presented to 10 veteran journalists to mark the 60th anniversary celebrations of the Sri Lanka Press Association.
A painting by veteran artist Thilak Kaluliyanage was also presented to the President at the event.
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