Soon after Mahinda Rajapaksa sworn in as Prime Minister by President Sirisena, pro Rajapksa gangs led by politicians invaded state media houses and changed the editorials, and literally took them over.
SLB reproduces some of the tweets originated from Sri Lanka on how those gangs operated.
Newly appointed Mahinda Rajapakshe faction takes control of ITN as Attorney Premanath C Dolawatta in ITN programme who says new appointment has been done according to constitute #Lka pic.twitter.com/nD5lxMgJu0
— Manjula Basnayake (@BasnayakeM) October 26, 2018
Assaults, intimidations reported in some state media orgs following removal of @RW_UNP as #SriLanka PM and appointment of @PresRajapaksa some state owned channels hv gone off air pic.twitter.com/EO3HRsEOoV
— Amantha (@AmanthaP) October 26, 2018
State of #SriLanka gov owned media, a treated like party mouthpieces by whoever is in – Unfortunately the ousted gov of @RW_UNP did nothing to change the trend, its business as usual with the new @PresRajapaksa premiership #LKA https://t.co/AksJ4A9IIq
— Amantha (@AmanthaP) October 27, 2018
Some ITN staff, incl DG @subhashjayaward, & Rupavahini staff have come under attack following swearing-in of @PresRajapaksa as new #lka PM. Even Ministers & MPs were chased away using filthy language by some @rupavahinitv workers. Is this what you preached Pres @MaithripalaS?
— Saroj Pathirana #lka (@sarojpathi) October 26, 2018
Sick with worry about safety of fellow journalists in State media. Hope and pray they are all safe and stay safe.
— Marianne David (@MarianneDavid24) October 26, 2018
Chaos at @rupavahinitv
Several pro @PresRajapaksa MPs seen along with their supporters.
Rupavahini has suspended its transmission.
STF has been brought in.
Footage Courtesy @NewsfirstSL #LKA #SriLanka #PoliticalCrisisLK #Media #Rupavahini pic.twitter.com/ekyvs7IAXJ
— Munza Mushtaq (@munza14) October 26, 2018