MR says media censorship being enforced by Government

Mahinda-Rajapaksa3Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa today accused the Government of enforcing media censorship.

He said that President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe are putting pressure on the media and preventing them from reporting on some issues.

The former President, speaking in Batticaloa, said that the private media are facing the most amount of censorship by the Government.

Rajapaksa said that some newspapers have even been forced to remove political columns as a result of pressure being exerted by the Government.

“Some media are threatened saying their licence will be cancelled,” he claimed.

Rajapaksa also said that in Parliament the joint opposition is not given enough space to voice its concerns on National issues.

He accused the Speaker of being part of the attempt to silence the joint opposition.

Rajapaksa also insisted that he is not working against any community or religion and he urged those who have names like “Maithri” to live by the meaning of the name.

The former President said the Government must ensure all communities live together in unity in a united country. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. Well done Sir. Government should continue the same media freedom like we have seen during the previous regime. we never saw media censorship that time. we saw only media personnel were invited to have refreshment with the President.

  2. Look who is talking and to whom is he talking to.
    If the new government is doing this, then it is you who set the standards, you hypocrite……

  3. Can you believe what is coming out of the fat mans mouth?
    Who blocked websites exposing him and family?
    Who ordered smashing and burning printing presses and killing journalists?

    • We enjoyed web freedom on his family issues during MRs tenure. They blocked or took actions against the websites disturbed national security only. He didn’t put anyone behind bars for insulting him or his family like Maithree. Sunday Leader, Irudina, Mawbima’s Guruda Vigrahaya were publishing through out his tenure. Now what has happened to Rivira’s Muragala? Divaina’s some articles?

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