[27-12-2007 11.37pm] Accompanied by his henchmen, Labour Minister Mervyn Silva has stormed the state-owned Rupavahini Corporation and assaulted its News Director P.M.G. Chandrasekara and threatened its staff a short while ago. Afterwards, Silva had entered the room of the Chairman of the Rupavahini Corporation.
The Minister`s henchmen have dragged Chandrasekara after the minister.
Even though Chandrasekara managed to escape from their clutches, he was reportedly assaulted yet again and dragged into the Chairman`s room.
SLRC sources say that the staff of Rupavahini has surrounded the Chairman`s room to demand an apology from the Minister.
A tense situation has arisen following the incident at the Rupavahini Corporation premises.
Condemning the attack, Convener of the Free Media Movement, Sunanda Deshapriya said that that this is not the first time that Minister Mervyn Silva has assaulted and threatened journalists and media institutions.