Requests Local Print Media to be Fair in Publishing News
[Updated :: 2011-03-08
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
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.