Thank God he s alive!

  • 26 May 2008 13:26:24 GMT

    Media in all over the country join to condemn the GOSL if any body touch a journalist as if they are only creatures feel pain.

    This is a very unfair world.There is no quality controlling or justice in selecting items for publication.

    Editors give some freedom to journalists but when time is right it is the discretion of the proprietor!They can make a any puppet-politician a hero and also a hero a puppet!

  • 26 May 2008 14:16:49 GMT

    Those who attack or kill journalists are terrorists.

  • 27 May 2008 01:54:07 GMT

    Terrorists do not kill journalists

  • 27 May 2008 03:05:56 GMT

    What is Media Freedom? Is there any country in the world where there is a Model for Media Freedom?

    Is Media Freedom the right of the Media to publish what it thinks is fit to publish and what it thinks is fit to ignore regardless of whether it is true or not and regardless of whether it is important in the public interest? If so, the U.S. is the perfect example of such freedom.

    But, do we NEED such freedom? The answer must be a resounding NO. We don`t need the type of Media Freedom that the U.S. has where the major Media is controlled by certain vested interests. The major Media co-operated with the neo-cons and war mongering Bush and made possible the brutal invasion of Iraq which has taken Iraq back to stone age and caused the wanton deaths of more than a million Iraqis with an unknown number wounded and over a quarter of the Iraqi population made refugees.

    The Occupation and Oppression of Palestinians for over 60 years also would not have been possible if not for the partisan role played by the Media in the U.S.

    The ideal Media which is unbiased, objective and factual is what the world needs. But unfortunately, it is non-existent. Even more unfortunately, no where in the world does it come any where close to the ideal. Perhaps the Indian Media is better than most in the world and must be among the best, if not the best.

  • 27 May 2008 04:00:21 GMT

    [Richard de Zoysa was liquidated during the Premadasa years.]

    The above person was a hardcore JVPers who was ordering the killing of 10000 of innocent people during that time. It was correct to liquidate him. But the deputy editor is not a terrorist.

    That is the difference.

  • 27 May 2008 05:13:11 GMT

    [But the deputy editor is not a terrorist. ]

    How should we know? How should you define Richard De Soyza as JVP? Raigamakolla is a fine example of UNP hypocrisy.

    I agree with p007 on what he has speculated. Unfortunately, the media has changed within last 10 years. Mostly thanks to Internet, even a person like myself can run a website with fabricated news. Every media outlet has its own agenda. Media is just another instrument of protecting vested interests of individuals and groups. In other words, we must not believe news more than the advertisement s in the paper.

    As readers, we have the responsibility to filter out facts from fabrications. This is not impossible as we have nearly hundreds of alternative sources these days. The process is more efficient if every website, newspaper, Radio/TV channel clearly indicate their allegiances and associations to the public. Then we have to read and listen to every letter with an open mind.

    This does not happen usually, as many of us have a `preferred` outlet, which delivers what we want to hear. This is natural. We all have loyalty. For example, I prefer Japanese made cars to those made in Korea, without a good reason. Likewise media is selling something to its customers. However, we must understand that there is every chance that my favorite brand may deliver a faulty product. Only thing is that we don`t get warranty with news items.

    Thus it is not the media that should be standardized, but their customers.

  • 27 May 2008 05:55:10 GMT

    If the state media is free and fair and gives out correct information without salt or chillie then, any misinformation would not be digested by the readers. It is the state media that is giving out a lot of misinformation.

  • 27 May 2008 22:55:59 GMT

    Guess what? one mans truth is another mans lie so every news paper in Sri Lanka cant be ethical ,factual and truthful like the Daily News.I only refer to the obituary column of the Daily News. Regarding the Palestine situation a prime example why the need for freedom of news media.