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Army Requests Local Print Media to be Fair in Publishing News
[Updated :: 2011-03-08 11:33:05 Hours]

An informal meeting between Jaffna Security Forces authorities and heads of local print media was held on Monday (07) at the Civil Affairs and Public Relations Office Jaffna. Purpose of the meeting was to negotiate some issues in publishing news in the part of media and observances made by Security Forces Headquarters – Jaffna (SF-J) as a moderate reader.

At the outset, Brigadier General Staff SF-J Brig. B.C.J.A.F. Rodrigo, welcomed all journalists who were present at the conference representing Uthayan, Thinakkural, Valampuri and Thinamurusu newspapers and conveyed the regards of Commander SF-J Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe in his absence. While appreciating the role played by local media in Jaffna, Brig. Rodrigo mentioned that credibility of the news should be hundred percent accurate. He stressed that security-related news published in their newspapers should never create any mayhem in Jaffna.

Brig. Rodrigo told the media team to consult relevant security authorities for their comments and verification before publishing such news.

Referring to allegation made by media of Human Rights violation by the Army, Brigadiers said, “Army gave its fullest support in organizing the seminar recently held in Jaffna on Human Rights and our soldiers are full aware of Human Rights. If any breach of Human Rights is found, stern actions are taken against them.”

He further said that Army takes lead in any development activity in any area because Army has the largest labour force and resources.

“We are fully equipped with men and material. Army’s contribution in saving lives and properties during natural disasters like tsunami and flood is very enormous. We must not forget it,” Brigadier Rodrigo told the media.

The session continued with cordial exchange of views.

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