Politicians say media is for public welfare: not “just for news”: Response to Information Dept DG’s statement

Politicians say media is for public welfare: not “just for news”: Response to Information Dept DG’s statement

Politicians say media is for public welfare: not “just for news”: Response to Information Dept DG’s statement

Written by Tharushan Fernando

26 Sep, 2016 | 9:12 pm

Politicians of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and the United National Party commented on the recent statement made by the Director General of Government Information, Dr. Ranga Kalansooriya about the involvement of stakeholders in the public’s welfare during disaster situations.

On September 22, the Director General of Government Information, Dr. Ranga Kalansooriya charged that collecting donations is not the duty of media institutions and it must be stopped if possible.

Deputy Minister of Social Empowerment and Welfare, Ranjan Ramanayake stated that Ranga Kalansooriya has access to funding, camera equipment and all necessary materials, he could also start a programme of this nature with nice name.

He called on the Director General to not to berate activities that are ongoing.

“We don’t have the right to judge anyone. I am not a mad doctor. I cannot call him mad, because he is already appointed to a position. I am saddened over his statement”, said the Deputy Minister

Minister of Social Empowerment and Welfare, S.B. Dissanayake stated:

A few days ago it was seen that someone had said that it is more than enough if they provide information to the public

He added that thieves do not steal today because of the media. So it is essential that the media speaks about theft.

“Even we choose our words carefully out of fear of the media. I was in prison for two years for disrespecting the determination of the court”, he said adding that providing information alone is not enough and the media also has to speak about corruption and fear.

He went on to point out that even at times of disaster, when the media came forward and requested for assistance for those affected, the general public responded with aid and that is why the media is known to be the fourth pillar of governance.

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