UPFA Parilamentarian Udaya Gamanpila has condemned Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe for making criticism on the media in Kandy which are unjustifiable.
Speaking to the media, he stated that the media do not produce news. What they do is reporting. It is a responsibility of the government to work in a way the people are satisfied and as a result of that the media will have good things to report. The fault is with the government, not with media or the people. Premier Wickremesinghe would soon learn a lesson from media personnel if he goes ahead with his decision to teach a lesson for certain print media institutions. The politicians who attempted to teach lessons for journalists had to end up with learning very good lessons for life. So, we are warning the Prime Minister, ‘Do not ask for troubles by playing with fire.
He concluded that therefore, the government’s attempt to criticize or remove journalists who report the incidents, which impact the government, is futile. Instead of that, it is better for the government to detect their weaknesses and take measures to correct them.