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Saturday, 10 June 2017 - 18:43
Many parties stand against Minister John Amaratunga over reprimanding the Hiru Journalist
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Many parties have condemned the incident where minister John Amaratunga, reprimanded and attempted to assault a Hiru Journalist.

However, Minister John Amaratunga and his media secretary are in an attempt to prove that journalists were not invited for this discussion.

Despite the fact that our journalist and a group of other journalists were present for the discussion held regarding disposal of waste in Muturajawela, for nearly an hour.

Minister John Amaratunga threatened the Hiru journalist who was covering the discussion on the 8thof June in Kandaana.

However, Minister John Amaratunga stated last night that no journalist was invited in order to cover the event,.

Issuing a statement the secretary to the minister noted that no journalist was invited to cover the event. The statement was also posted on Facebook.

However, our journalist Benet Ferdinandez who was threatened, noted that the ministers media secretary had informed him of the discussion.

No protest was expressed towards journalists covering the event by the minister during the discussion which was held from 10 am for nearly an hour.

Accordingly it is evident that the statement made by the minister on not knowing who the journalists were during the time of discussion is invalid.   

Meanwhile, the Free media movement says that Minister John Amaratunga reprimanding and attempting to assault the Hiru Journalist is an obstruction to public welfare.

Issuing a statement, it was stated that such unruly behavior affects healthy democracy and affects the future in a negative manner.

Condemning the threats made to journalists, a request had also been made by the movement, to conduct an investigation into Minister John Amaratunga and his accomplices regarding the incident.

Meanwhile, following a media briefing held today, representatives of political parties, expressed their views regarding the incident.

Views were expressed by Minister Chandima Weerakkody, Central province governor Nilukaa Ekanayake, Minister P. Harrison and North Western Provincial Councilor of the JVP, Namal Karunaratne.

Many political parties and media organizations, issued statements condemning the act.

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