Ruwan sets the record straight on Rupavahini

Sri Lanka's Minister of Mass Media Ruwan Wijewardene (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP)

September 11, 2019 (LBO) – Minister of Mass Media and State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene has released a statement on the President’s decision to gazette the Rupavahini Corporation under the Defence Ministry.

In his letter the to President Maithripala Sirisena he states that the President’s decision is problematic and “It will be impossible to prevent this action by you (President Sirisena) being construed as a threat to media freedom in the country.”

In his statement the Minister also sheds light on the mismanagement of the Rupavahini Corporation and his reasoning for pursing changes in it’s board of directors.

The President’s actions have been widely criticised among media professionals and civil society.