The Sri Lankan Government Condemns the tragedy of the Saudi Arabian Journalist and it hopes that such incidents may not occur again in the world, said the President.
President Maithripala Sirisena said this addressing the certificate presentation of Diploma on Investigative Journalism to successful media persons who attended the Course. It was held together with the 7th Representative Conference of the Media Employees Trade Union Association held at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall(BMICH) today (26).
President Sirisena further stated that he is dedicated towards securing the privileges and rights of the journalists personally as wells as being bound to the state policy as someone who has a clear understanding of the hardships and the challenges faced by them.
President Sirisena who said that he has taken a number of steps to strengthen the democracy, freedom, and human rights, mentioned that he is grateful that he didn’t hear any news on a journalist being assassinated, harassed, or leave the country due to threats during his tenure and said that it is a significant victory gained by the current government.
A committee was appointed to find out the issues of journalists and certain recommendations were made. Yet some of them have not been implemented due to certain. They will be given proper consideration, said the President mentioning that the needful state intervention will be made in the future.
The President of the Media Employee Trade Union’s Association Karunaratne Gamage, Secretary Dharmasiri Lankapeli, and other members were present in this event.