The United National Party (UNP) says that “media terrorism” exists in the country today and that certain media organizations emphasize only on nonexistent problems within the UNP while turning a blind eye to the corruption in the government.
MP Mangala Samaraweera, head of the UNP’s Communications Unit, stated that on one side there is state media and that there is no point in talking about them while on the other side certain “Mudalali” are using the media for their own political agendas.
He stated that these “media terrorists” are working in a most unethical manner and that they cannot see the crimes and corruption of the Rajapaksa government.
They exaggerate nonexistent problems in the UNP and declare to the country that they stand for media freedom, he charged.
The Parliamentarian further stated that Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) members who are most “fed up” with the government are in the Parliament and they are still unable to escape from it.
Mangala Samaraweera stated that when he criticizes the government in Parliament some of his “old friends” run away as if they didn’t see him, but wait till he visits the lavatory to secretly commend his speech and encourage him.
“That is the real situation of the government,” he said, adding that problems exist from top to bottom in the ruling party and that however the UNP should win their trust.
“If you talk to 10 people today, 7 of them are against this government but we (UNP) have still not taken advantage of that opposition,” Samaraweera said, addressing a gathering of the party’s Communications Unit in Colombo.