The government has directed the police and army to recognise the media accreditation card issued by the Information Department.
This follows representations made by Tamil journalists to Media Minister Anura Priyadharshana Yapa that security authorities do not recognise the Media Accreditation Card.
Editors and senior tamil journalists who met Yapa earlier this week complained that they were being harassed unnecessarily despite producing the identity card issued by the Information Department.
Yapa,said that he has asked the police and army to recognise the identity card issued by his department.
Informed sources said Yapa had assured the journalists that action will be taken against anyone found guilty of abuse or excesses of power.
He, had also assured that a specimen of the Information Department Media Accreditation Card would be sent to the police and army to make it easier for them to identify journalists.
Yapa, described the search operation as routine and carried out by the security authorities with a view to maintaining peace.
Meanwhile the UNP has called on the government to stop harassing journalists, when it is no secret that a large number of people do not have identity cards.
The UNP`s Assistant General Secretary Tissa Attanayake said that the cordon and search operations being conducted by the government was inconveniencing people unnecessarily.
`Steps should be taken to speedily issue identity cards without harassing innocent people`, he said.