Public Relations and Public Affairs Minister Mervyn Silva said today that a journalist cannot hold a video camera.
He made this remark pointing to the Jounalist from the Hiru News team who asked a question from the Minister while covering a media briefing held at the Department of Information this afternoon.
Hiru Journalist asked the Minister about the public responses that his ministry received to the recent electricity tariffs increase.
We give below the exchange of words between the Minister and the Hiru journalist.
It is a common sight to see modern journalists are carrying new communication equipment such as video cameras, digital recorders and computers as such apparatus are demanding today to discharge their duties speedily and properly.
The remark made by Minister Mervyn Silva about the Hiru journalist was later questioned at another media briefing held at the Department of Information today.
During the media briefing held to inform the Cabinet decisions, Acting Cabinet Spokesman and Petroleum Industries Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa had this to say.