The 4th estate in the chambers of democracy

Media freedom is a promise that has been common among every government that comes to power, although each of their tenures has, equally commonly, been marked by incidents that have violated or undermined media freedom.

The latest of such incidents was reported on Tuesday (17), sadly from the venue that is meant to set an example for the rest of the country – Parliament. According to reports, two Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna MPs had allegedly snatched the mobile phones of two journalists – Prageeth Perera and Kasun Samaraweera – for allegedly filming the two MPs when they were exiting a Parliament hall. This incident was subsequently discussed in Parliament, where MP Indika Anuruddha Herath made statements to the effect that mobile phones could be used to track people’s movements, and thus posed a threat to the security of MPs’ in this context.

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