The first Cabinet meeting of the new government will take place under the patronage of President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, tomorrow.
Minister Bandula Gunwardhana made this announcement, assuming duties at the Ministry of Mass Media.
On the subject of Mass Media, he further stated, the media is the “third eye” that decides the future of a country.
He further stated, as it is given in the manifesto of President Gotabhaya Rajapkasa, a “free media culture” needs to be created.
He also said, the manner in which the state media functioned over the past five years is not satisfactory. He says, such media institutions have been highly critical of war heroes who saved the country, and in addition, hate speech was aired. He added, within the state media, space needs to be given to report on the tasks of the Opposition, as well.
He added, a “new media culture” must be created, where state institutions function in a manner in which justice is done to the tax-paying public.