Private media struggling to survive

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Member of Parliament M.A. Sumanthiran says some private media institutions are being forced to tow the government line in order to survive.

Speaking at a discussion organized by the Sri Lanka Journalists Trade Union (SLJTU) today which was attended by Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella as well as opposition members and others, Sumanthiran said that one newspaper which is owned by a TNA member has now begun to attack the TNA in the newspaper.

He said that these newspapers have no way out but to back the government if they are to continue operating.

Sumanthiran said that the fact remains most private media institutions are scared to write against the current government.

He said that even cartoonists will not draw a cartoon of Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa but yet draw cartoons depicting others.

He also said that there should not be state controlled media in a democracy, a view echoed by JVP member and activist K.D. Lalkantha who also spoke at the event.

Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella meanwhile said the code of media ethics has been misunderstood and misinterpreted.

He insisted that there is no new law being imposed on the media but there was a need to discuss ethics. (Colombo Gazette) 

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