July 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Speaker Karu Jayasuriya says the rumors spreading at the present of imprisoning journalists and suppressing media are completely false.
The Speaker made this observation addressing the capacity building program for journalists in the Sri Lanka Parliament on Friday.
Speaking further, the Speaker said that such a thing would never happen. He recalled that when the journalists were assaulted and injustice was meted out in the past he and others stood up for the journalists at the risk of their lives.
Deputy Speaker Thilanga Sumathipala, Secretary of the parliament and other parliamentary officials also participated in this event. A large number of media personnel representing different state and private Media Institutions participated in the program.
The first in a series of capacity development program for the journalists of the Parliament under the patronage of Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and in collaboration with the Strengthening Democratic Governance and Accountability Project (SDGAP) of USAID, was held last month.