The camera was returned in the afternoon, with the involvement of the Director General of the Government Information Department, however, without the chip that contained the recordings. The Free Media Movement, taking this incident seriously, states that this incident that obstacle the professional rights of the media who works for the realization of people’s right to information, would give a malevolent picture to the world about Sri Lanka. Especially, the act of seizing the memory chip of the camera depicts that journalists are unable to provide free information to the people, even though one of the world’s best Right to Information Act has been passed. Therefore, the Free Media Movement urges the Media Minister to investigate about the incident, punish the perpetrators and take necessary steps to avoid such disconcerting incidents in the future.
Seizing cameras of Hiru TV is grave violation of rights of journalists - FMM
- - Jan 09, 2017
While vehemently condemning the seizing of drone camera of the Hiru TV while reporting the protest against Sri Lanka-China joint venture in Mirijjawila, Hambantota, the Free Media Movement states that it is a grave violation of professional rights of journalists.