Commit to taking responsibility for publishing accurate information

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President Ranil Wickremesinghe stressed that if the country is to overcome the current challenges, stability must be created in the country and to achieve this, accurate information must be disseminated among the public.

Stressing that nothing can be achieved without propaganda, the president called on all media secretaries to commit themselves to revealing to the people the government’s “reconstruction of the country” program without delay.

President Ranil Wickremesinghe said this while addressing the workshop held today (07) at the Department of Government Information to brief the Press Secretaries of all Ministers, Ministers of State and governors of the state communication mechanism.

It should be noted that the president joined the event without notice, the president’s media division said.

The President noted that ministry press secretaries hold the primary responsibility for publicizing government development programs and policies, and during this workshop, press secretaries were briefed on the importance of maintaining optimal coordination between the government’s information department, the president’s media division and ministries to maintain a strong state communication mechanism.

President Wickremesinghe further commented,

“Holding such workshops is timely. I don’t expect to comment at length here. I have spoken enough. Now is the time to deliver the gist of my statements to the country. The government’s program must be conveyed to the country. We are going through very difficult times. I don’t think such a situation was encountered in the 20th century or even before that. We have to get out of this. Many people have lost hope. We must correct this situation. We need to publicize the government’s program.
We are aware of the problems the country is facing. Although we cannot find solutions to all problems, we are nevertheless aware of these problems. This message must be conveyed to the people.
Everyone should be aware of what the government is doing. If there are errors, they must be corrected. We have to get out of this problematic period. If there is instability in the country, we will not get out of it. There should be stability in the country. It is necessary to provide the correct information to create this stability.

Unlike print and electronic media, we are all currently facing social media issues. It conveys both positive and negative information, which is one of the major problems facing the whole world. This bad impact particularly affects us at this time. Therefore, it is the responsibility of each of you to meet this challenge appropriately. If you don’t fulfill your responsibility, the whole country will face more problems. The reason you are here today is to understand this message. I learned that all media secretaries have been invited to this workshop. However, according to the attendance sheet, only about 83% attended this workshop. We need to find out who wasn’t here today. Since these people have the responsibility of getting the news to the media and correcting misconceptions, there is a major publicity campaign in this regard. Nothing succeeds without publicity.

In addition, there are many other programs. You should be aware of this too. The programs such as the 75th anniversary of independence in 2023. According to the idea of ​​the former president, the formation of the public councils (Jana Sabha) will take place next week. There is a great responsibility in the organization of such programs. It is important to advertise these programs.

Also, I suggested to convene this group once every 03 months and discuss with them. I would like to thank the heads in charge of our media departments who run this program as well as the editor of Lankadeepa.

Minister Bandula Gunawardena, Minister of State Shanta Bandara, Senior Media Adviser to the President, Professor Sunanda Maddumabandara, Managing Director of the President’s Media Division Dhanushka Ramanayake and Chairman of Independent Television Network Sudarshana Gunawardena (lawyer ) and Lankadeepa Editor-in-Chief Siri Ranasinghe were featured at the workshop which was organized under the leadership of Director General of Government Information Dinith Chinthaka Karunaratne.

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