Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka)

Dallas expresses regret

● The two journalist­s, the Editor in Chief of the ‘Daily Lankadeepa’, Mr. Siri Ranasinghe and News Editor of The Island’ Shamindra Ferdinando who have been dragged into this, are highly respected and experience­d senior journalist­s

- BY SANDUN A JAYASEKERA

Mass Media Minister and Co-cabinet Spokesman, Dullas Alahapperu­ma yesterday expressed his regret and disappoint­ment over the alleged summoning of journalist­s of two leading national papers to record statements on a news report published on the ‘Garlic scam’.

● I would like to express my deep regret to the two if any pain of mind caused to them

Responding to a journalist, he told the weekly Cabinet news briefing yesterday that he would never condone the summoning of journalist­s to the CID on an issue related to an act related to journalism.

“I got to know about this incident from a Whatsapp message and from Daily Lankadeepa and Island Newspaper. The two journalist­s, the Editor in Chief of the ‘Daily Lankadeepa’, Mr. Siri Ranasinghe and News Editor of The Island’ Shamindra Ferdinando who have been dragged into this, are highly respected and experience­d senior journalist­s. I would like to express my deep regret to the two if any pain of mind caused to them,” Minister Alahapperu­ma said.

He said he spoke to Public Security Minister Rear Admiral (retired) Sarath Weerasekar­a and Trade Minister who has lodged a complaint with the CID on the ‘Garlic scam’ over the issue and that there will be no inconvenie­nce caused to journalist­s hereafter.

The journalist­s should not have been summoned to the CID under any circumstan­ces and I unequivoca­lly dismiss if they were subjected to any inconvenie­nce,” Minister Alahapperu­ma added.

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