Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremasinghe has emphasized that not a single party should be betrayed to the media.
The Opposition Leader said that politics cannot be done through the media. He pointed out that he took to politics when there was no media. If politics was done to please the media, it would attempt to get into the party. He referred to the difference between them and the media. There were various types of characters among them. What the media should do was to report their good or criticize them, when seeking the vote of the people, but not to exercise their power. If the media was to use their power, it would amount to a distortion of democracy.
Mr. Wickremasinghe said he had no intention of talking about Sri Lanka. He referred to a business magnate in England. He acquired the Daily Express newspaper and thereafter attempted to unseat the Conservative Leader Stanley Bolding. A major campaign was launched against him but it did not succeeded. Mr. Bolding maintained silence and finally said he was requesting power sans responsibility, the privilege of the harlot throughout the ages. The Opposition Leader added that parties should not be betrayed although media was used.
Mr. Wickremasinghe was speaking at the launch of the book “Tissa” of UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake. The event was held at the SLFI in Colombo.