Free Media Movement vehemently condemns the behavior of the Minister Digambaram while Mr. Indika Roshan Kauarachchi from Sirasa Media was reporting a government event, since it is considered as a threat to media freedom. Mr. Indika Roshan was reporting the even as per the formal invitation sent by the Government Information Department.
Television recordings confirm that someone had taken out the Sirasa microphone from the podium, obstructing the journalist’s professional work, where Minister Digambaram is alleged to have given the order.
It is unfortunate to see such behavior by a minister from the government which assured to protect media freedom. Further, Free Media Movement believes that having invited formally to cover the event, the obstruction seemed to be a censorship and emphasizes the fact that it is impossible to accomplish democracy and good governance without broader media freedom.
Further, some individuals who alleged to be the supporters of Minister Digambaram have been threatening Mr. Indika Roshan and therefore, Free Media Movement states that it is the government’s responsibility to ensure his safety.