local media are trying to propagate anti government and anti military
notions conveying misleading news. They sometimes may try to instill
idea of a separate state. If someone is dreaming of a separate
state within the country that dream will never come true. It will
never be allowed to happen”, said Commander Security Forces –
Jaffna (SF-J) Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe addressing a
gathering of local media personal in Jaffna at Civil Affairs and
Public Relations Office on Monday, 11th February.
was summoned to clarify some misleading news published in several
local newspapers targeting the Army. SF-J Commander negated a
few erroneous news carried by some newspapers with examples.
level false allegations against the Army without any base. We
have reduced the Army in Jaffna nearly by 14000 since 2009. We
are continuing the process in future. The Army has now kept their
arms aside. Everywhere you can see peace. See the deference then
and now. No roadblocks, no checking, electricity is available
24 hours of the day. Media has enough freedom, Development is
seen everywhere. No restriction for fishing. These are dividends
of peace. I cannot understand why some newspapers do not write
about those things,” Maj. Gen. Hathurusinghe said.
that being so religious, why various crimes such as rape cases,
use of drugs and thefts are rising in Jaffna. And he suggested
that media must discuss those things too to show the righteous
way to the public so that it may help protect our values.
“Pen is a
powerful weapon. Never use it to do any harm to society. Don’t
use it for the interest of anyone’s selfish motives or hallucinations.
Use it to write the truth. We have never forced any media as to
what should be written and what should not be written. But I request
you to use that freedom the right way,” SF-J Commander added.
to a recent incident of assault on a newspaper delivery bike,
one senior editorial member of a local newspaper requested the
SF-J Commander to beef up security on the roads during wee hours.
SF-J Commander agreed upon his request.
illegal sand mining by some people at Thondamanaru Delta during
night, a request came to the SF-J Commander from the forum for
necessary actions to prevent it to which he agreed to see
In the meantime, Maj. Gen. Hathurusinghe promised to take immediate
actions to net illicit sand transporters operational in the peninsula
using the Army’s name.
members and reporters from all local print and electronic media
were present at the meeting.