GR claims some media owners trying to rule the country

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa claims some media owners are trying to rule the country.

He said that media freedom does not mean giving freedom to media owners.

The President insisted that he, as President, has not interfered with the media.

However he said that he will not hesitate to take legal action against any media institution that misuses media freedom.

The President claimed that some journalists who did not support the country during the war have now crept into some media institutions and are attacking National programmes. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. Heading back to the old ways!!? Threatening the media for doing their jobs? Media is still going too easy on this government compared to how critical they were of the war previous one…

  2. The President should be aware that politicians acting with transparency and in the national interest, have nothing to fear from the media. Unfortunately in Sri Lanka, we have very few of them.

    It is the role of the media to scrutinise all public programs and put comment in the public domain. Persons aggrieved by that comment have access to legal recourse.

    If the President interferes or seeks to intimidate in anyway with what ‘little’ is left of media freedom in Sri Lanka, he risks the opprobrium of the International media monitors, and the loss support from those of us who have steadfastly supported him.

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