“Mr. Minister, are your officials taking photos of journalists asking questions to hand them over to you? Why do you take photographs of us? Is this yahapalana media freedom?” the journalist asked.
The minister made a joke about it, saying he would ask the photographer to take a group photo of all. He assured the journalists that the Yahapalanaya Government had no intention of harming or abducting any journalist. But he also said he would heed the advice of the Prime Minister to give media freedom to the fullest extent when journalists are reporting correctly.