Very serious abhorrent and damnable: Editors’ Guild

Very serious abhorrent and damnable: Editors’ Guild


The Editors’ Guild of Sri Lanka unreservedly condemns a statements said to have been made recently by the reinstated Deputy Minister, Mervyn Silva.

The dy. minister reportedly stated at a function held in Kelaniya on September 9, Thursday that ‘Journalists should not write in a way which would ultimately force them to be hanged’.

“When you look at some of these people who write about me and scold me, I personally know their background is not good,” he said.  Considering the history of abuse and serial attempts at intimidation of the media by the Deputy Minister, The Editors’ Guild of Sri Lanka view the comments made as totally unwarranted and unbecoming of a government Deputy Minister.

The Guild would normally dismiss these comments as those of a political maverick, but his history of violent abuse of media institutions and personnel which have been followed by damage to property and physical harm to individuals is reason for concern.

The most recent humiliation of a public servant and his subsequent exoneration by a so-called party disciplinary inquiry instead of the matter being put to a court of law enhances The Guild’s concern that there was no attempt to restraint the Deputy Minister.

If any individual holding political office or otherwise is aggrieved by anything written by any journalist, there is ample legal recourse available and aggrieved persons could also use the self-regulatory mechanism of the Press Complaints Commission of Sri Lanka as a forum to air their grievances.

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