Highways Minister Lakshman Kiriella says the media still fears former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Speaking to reporters in Kandy today, the Minister said that he had urged one newspaper to publish a headline for an interview he had given, stating that Rajapaksa was the first person to agree to a domestic process to address human rights issues.
“However that newspaper did not publish the part in the interview,” he said.
Kiriella said that when Mahinda Rajapaksa’s name is mentioned some journalist are scared to either say anything against him or publish anything negative about him.
The Minister noted that when US Secretary General Ban Ki-moon had visited Sri Lanka soon after the war in 2009 it was Rajapaksa who agreed to a domestic process to investigate incidents related to the war. (Colombo Gazette)