Oct 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena today called on the country's mainstream journalists to be truthful in what they are reporting to the people.
He said the journalists have a responsibility to give correct, qualitative and valued information and news to the society for the betterment of the future generation.
He made these remarks speaking at a ceremony held today (Oct. 19) at the National Library and Documentation Services Board in Colombo to issue a souvenir stamp in memory of the late senior journalist D. B. Dhanapala.
"Journalists should always use their pens by choosing the right thing with respect for the truth. It is very unfortunate if journalists resort to praise politicians and protect them for their private benefits," the President said.
He stated that some journalists do not mention about wrongdoings of some individuals but disgrace some others even when they are doing the right thing.
During this event, the President appreciated the social service rendered by Senior Journalist, late D.B. Dhanapala.
The former Head of the Department of Mass Communication, University of Kelaniya, Prof. Rohana Lakshman Piyadasa delivered the keynote address of the event organized by the Sri Lanka Press Council.
Late D B Dhanapala joined the field of media as an English medium journalist, and he was a pioneer in creating talented media personnel as well as he rendered a great service for the field of Sinhala journalism.
The First Day stamp issued to commemorate Senior Journalist D.B. Dhanapala was presented to several senior journalists and to the grandson of Mr. D.B. Dhanapala Dr. Dhanushka Meegahawaththa.
Dignitaries including senior journalists, Chairman of the Sri Lanka Press Council Attorney-at-Law Koggala Wellala and others participated on this occasion.