Poddala Jayantha Hits At Cheap Politics Using the Names of Media Activists !
Posted on 01.23.2019 by Chandana Sirimalwatte in Local News with 0 Comments
Journalist Paddala Jayantha has rejected the idea using names of media activists including slain journalist Lasantha Wickrematunga for Gamudava villages.
According to a concept of Housing Minister Sajith Premadsa, four journalist names selected to name four Udagam villages as a tribute to their dedication for freedom of expression. The other three journalists names are, Lasantha Wickramathunga, Keith Noyar, and Upali Thennakoon. During the Rajapaksha regime Lasantha Wicramathunga was killed. Keith Noyar, Poddaala Jayantha and Upali Thennakoon were abducted and brutally tortured. Later, Poddala Jayantha escaped from Sri Lanka to America to save his life.
Poddala Jayantha has written a letter to the minister to convey his protest to use his name for this purpose.
He mentioned in his letter that,”i heard your speech through the media at the foundation stone ceremony of these four Udagam villages, and you are going to name them by using four journalists names who dedicated for the free journalism. First of all, i would be much thankful for you for having such an idea, but i kindly request you to not to use my name to put as any village name regarding the bellow phenomenon”.
The fairness to be fullfilled for the journalists those who were the victims of state organised crimes, is not the way of putting their names in to the government’s projects but the way of activating the laws for those behind these crimes.
If the democracy is to be cared in this country, the law and order should be established in the country. Giving impunity for the culprits, neither law and order nor democracy would be protected.
If it is so, the name of eleven children who were abducted and killed for ransom, should be named for eleven udagam villages too, and the journalists who were tortured and killed in the North and East, should be named for the udagam villages. Thousands of wives,husbands and children who were disappeared, their name should be named for the government’s projects and udagam villages.
So, I feel that some one has given a wrong advice to you, he reminds to the minister.