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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2583

Journalists with LTTE links can be tried under PTA

Colombo, 05 June, (Asiantribune.com): The former LTTE spokesman, Daya Master's confession that over 50 journalists were on LTTE's pay roll has created a fresh controversy in political circles in Colombo.

Media and Information Minister Anura Priyadharshana Yapa on Thursday claimed that he was never informed of such a confession that had dragged journalists into a controversy."Frankly, as the Media Minister, I do not know of such list nor any name of a journalist in that reported confession', the minister claimed.

Asked why he was being kept in the dark when the reported confession has now become a controversy in political circles, the minister if there was something to that effect, the authorities would certainly bring it to his notice.

Minister Yapa told journalists at the weekly cabinet briefing on Thursday that if the police found such a confession to be true after investigations, there was the Prevention of Terrorism Act and Emergency Regulations to try anybody who has had links with a terror group like the LTTE.

His junior minister,Lakshman Yapa Abeywardene told the Asian Tribune that if Daya Master could not prove such a confession, the law enforcement authorities would deal with him in a severe manner for attempting to tarnish the image of Sri Lankan journalists.

- Asian Tribune –

Also Read:

1. Several Sinhala journalists were in the payroll of the LTTE – IGP

2. Some Tamil journalists in Tamil Nadu in the pay of LTTE

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