President Rajapaksa has accused Sri Lankan media personnel who had sought political asylum in other countries and are still engaged in treacherous activities against the motherland.
The President emphasized that these media personnel who had sought asylum in European and Western countries were going against not the government but the motherland, providing false information. The President said so addressing editors of print and electronic media at Temple Trees today. It is very unfortunate that some journalists who had served as LTTE loyalists were even today going against the country. The Government has already taken the necessary initiatives to make clarifications with regard to the false information that thee journalists had provided.
Recollecting as to how he appeared before the Human Rights Commission in Geneva in the past along with present Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara while he was serving as a Minister, the President said that he did so not to raise issues against the country but the appraise it how valuable young lives were lost during the tenure of President Premadasa and to protect the image of Sri Lanka. The President recalled that the LTTE received valuable support from the Premadasa regime during that era rather Parliamentarians, including himself. He said media personnel who had taken refuge in other countries and working against the countries were receiving similar sponsorship from the Diaspora.
In the meantime, in response to a query raised by a media personnel on the Government’s stand on NGO’s, the President opined that although the government was not taking action to rein in NGO’s, it was exercising vigilance on the actions of certain NGO’s against the country. It is the right and responsibility of the Government to monitor how NGOs obtain funds and how they are being expended. He opined that many certain NGO’s received more than 600 millions rupees and currently there is no mechanism to monitor from where they come from and how these funds are utilized. The Government intends to work out a suitable policy to monitor their activities. He emphasized that this is not an anti-NGO policy but a valid mechanism to ensure that the people benefit through such funds.