Tamil Diplomat

Media not allowed to cover the discussion regarding water contamination

Media men were not allowed to cover the discussion held at the Jaffna District Secretariat regarding drinking water problem. When it was pointed out that the CM had invited them, the Secretariat officials said that this was a discussion organized by the Governor’s Secretariat and the media was not allowed as per Governor’s Secretariat instructions. When the Secretary to the Governor was contacted, he had said that neither the Governor nor himself had given any instructions as such.

When the District Secretary N.Vethanayagan was contacted regarding this ban, he had said that, because  the media need only decisions they were not allowed to cover the discussion. When it was pointed out to him that the CM had invited the Media, he had said that, this is not meeting called by the CM but called as per the instruction from the Governor’s Secretariat. People are being confused by conflicting news reaching them. Hence, the media will be notified when decisions are reached, he said.