Cabinet subcommittee appointed to recommend relief to journalists harassed during the previous regime

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has proposed to appoint a new subcommittee to recommend relief to the journalists who have been harassed during the former president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s regime.

With the goal of providing relief, the opportunity was given through notices in newspapers to the journalists, who were subjected to various harassments and attacks during the 10 year period from 2005 to 2015, to forward their appeals.

A cabinet subcommittee was appointed which was chaired by former Foreign Affairs Minister to make recommendations in this regard. Later the period for forwarding appeals was extended to 01 May 2017 and 14 more appeals have been received.

Accordingly, the President Maithripala Sirisena in his capacity as the Minister of Defense has proposed to appoint a new subcommittee for making recommendations on these appeals

The Cabinet of Ministers has approved the President’s proposal to appoint the new subcommittee under the chairmanship of Finance & Mass Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera. Disaster Management Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa and Land and Parliamentary Reforms Minister Gayantha Karunathilaka are the other members of the subcommittee.

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