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* 'Media terrorism' in Sri Lanka ignores corruption in the government - opposition MP
Sat, Dec 14, 2013, 09:45 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 14, Colombo: A parliamentarian of Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) says that a certain "media terrorism" in the country ignores the corruption in the government while trying to weaken the opposition political parties.

UNP communications Division Head, parliamentarian Mangala Samaraweera addressing a gathering at the party Communication Division said the current "media terrorism" in the country carried out by some media organizations were trying to weaken the opposition by highlighting non existing issues in the UNP.

He said the state media and some private media institutions operating according to the political agendas of their owners are working in an unethical manner.

"These media institutions speak of media freedom while working in violation of all accepted media ethics," Samaraweera said.

A Sri Lankan court recently dismissed a petition filed by the MP against the Sirasa media institution. The petition alleged that Sirasa carried out a hate campaign against the UNP and asked the court to warn the media institution since the media practice of Sirasa TV is detrimental to the peace of the country.

According to Samaraweera, the media needs to follow ethical reporting practices and highlight the real issues in the country that have affected the people.

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