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CHR demands action against Uva PC employees who masquerade as journalists

2018 Jan 23

The Center for Human Rights (CHR) has written to Sudarshana Gunawardana, Director General of the Department of Government Information asking him to take action against three employees of the Uva Provincial Council who also masquerade as ‘provincial journalists’ for engaging in unethical behaviour.

It has now been revealed that zonal education authorities forced the principal of Badulla Tamil Girls College, who was threatened by the Chief Minister of Uva Province, to state that she was not threatened and it was these employees of the Uva Provincial Council that had recorded this and released it to media, the CHR states.

"The government information department has given media accreditation cards to three employees of Uva Provincial Council. These are people that have recorded the statement she made under duress and they have used the resources that belong to the Uva Provincial Council. They also recorded this statement, to distribute among media, without taking leave from the Uva Provincial Council," said Executive Director of CHR Rajith Keerthi Tennakoon.

He said the three employees of the Uva Provincial Council who recorded this statement was Prasanna Padmasiri, cameraman of the Uva Provincial Council media unit, Amila Krishantha Ratnayake, a computer operator of the Uva Provincial Council and Palitha Ariyawansha, a media consultant to the Uva Provincial Council Chief Minister.

"We kindly request you to investigate this incident and to take necessary action that will prevent these individuals from providing harmful news items for around 30 media institutions that they work for," Tennakoon requested Gunawardana.


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