President’s Media Center declared open

The President’s Media Center, which will provide information on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the Presidential Secretariat, was declared open today.

The media briefing room is fully equipped for selected journalists to attend and ask questions from the President or his the President’s Spokesman.

President’s Spokesman Kingsly Rathnayaka told reporters that the briefing room will be used to directly communicate with the media and try and prevent the spread of misinformation.

He said that weekly press conferences will be held where selected journalists from the print and electronic media will be invited.

Rathnayaka said that the media briefing will also be made available for journalists to attend virtually.

The President’s Spokesman said that the new Presidential Media Centre will also be linked with the Presidential Secretariat to ensure all the required information is made available during media briefings.

The US President operates a briefing room where his spokesman holds daily press conferences while the President attends on special occasions. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. This is the most professional move for effective media engagement that has been undertaken by the Presidential Secretariat.
    In terms of Media Communication needed between the Executive/Government and the masses/people, the theory coined by Canadian educator and theorist Marshall McLuhan that “The medium is the message” will enhance the President’s Media Center as the appropriate “MEDIUM” that journalists can get the “TRUE MESSAGE” and relay/propogate/publish/broadcast it to the masses/people without “FALSE OR FAKE NEWS”.
    As a former University Teaching personnel at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario Canada for many years making students to understand Marshall McLuhan’s theory, my professional opinion is that this is a very wise move taken by the Presidential Secretariat and President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. As a strong suggestion, I wish to suggest to the President that the The President’s Media Center should make provisions for freelance journalist living abroad to participate in these briefings/media/press sessions through virtually set up links. Freelance journalist who have been in the forefront in challenging the onslaught of the LTTE lobby fronts in the North American and Western world could also contribute towards eradicating “MISINFORMATION” especially among the so-called Sri Lankan diaspora abroad.
    Noor Nizam – Peace and Political Activist, Political Communication Researcher, SLFP/SLPP Stalwart, Convener – The Muslim Voice and Member “Viyatmaga”.

    • How the Singapore Prime Minister communicates with his people? Go and browse Singapore Prime Minister’s and President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s Facebook. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s Facebook full of crazy Buddhists’ comments, but Singapore Prime Minister’s Facebook full of intelligent people’s comments. Before you talk about Marshall McLuhan’s theory, can you tell me under what merit you have appointed Basil Rajapaksa as Minister of Finance? Everything revolves in corruption and utter foolishness. By talking about Marshall McLuhan’ you are not fooling wise people but yourselves.

  2. A fool always in a hurry to become someone….

    There are enough hate and divisions among the people based on region, religion, language, caste and gender. Those backward people will not transform their country into a developed country under the democratic system. I do not believe any country in South Asia can become a developed country in 50 or 100 years. Singapore is a developed country because of the Chinese majority.

    Many of you are not smart enough to understand why your democratic society has forced 15-year-old girls to work as maids and sex workers. South Asians have not developed enough to have a democratic system. You are trapped into a western trick. Fools wanted to beat the West before evolution shaping them. Therefore, chaos and poverty in South Asia is inevitable.

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