Fonseka vows to bring law to protect mediapersons
Last Updated: Tuesday, December 15, 2009, 19:39
Colombo: Sarath Fonseka, who is seeking to unseat President Mahinda Rajapaksa in the presidential elections, promised a new legislation for the protection of mediapersons, as he prepared to file his nomination papers for next month's polls.

"If elected I will bring in a law for the welfare and protection of the media," said Fonseka, who retired from the army last month to challenge Rajapaksa as the common candidate of the main opposition parties. He promised full media freedom if elected to the top post.

Fonseka, who today signed his nomination papers to be submitted on December 17, said the law for the protection and welfare of the media would be introduced in Parliament for approval.

"I am promising necessary action and safeguards will be taken to ensure security and protection of mediapersons," Fonseka told a group of mediapersons last evening.

Meanwhile, Fonseka who will lock horns with the incumbent President for the January 26 polls, signed his nominations papers this morning here.

Fonseka will be contesting under the symbol of 'Swan' of the New Democratic Front and would be submitting his nomination papers on December 17.

Fonseka yesterday filed three fundamental rights applications against some state media institutions for the alleged misuse of public media.

He accused some state run electronic media institutions of using the media for supporting President Rajapaksa at the forthcoming election and defaming the opposition.


First Published: Tuesday, December 15, 2009, 19:39

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