Keheliya targeting Manjula Basnayake is a media repression – MP Shanakiyan

MP Keheliya Rambukwella made a statement in Parliament recently targeting the journalist Manjula Basnayake.

He said that, Manjula Basnayake had tweeted that the death of MP Amarakeerthi Athukorala, who was attacked and killed in Nittambuwa during the riots on May 09, was a suicide.

The MP stated that he disappoint on this tweet and if the body of Mr. Amarakeerthi Athukorala had been set on fire the truth about it could not have been revealed.

However, addressing Parliament yesterday (20), TNA MP Shanakiyan Rasamanikkam said that it was very wrong for Keheliya Rambukwella to make such a statement targeting one journalist.

MP further said, not only him, even the country’s leading media as well as foreign media had reported it was a suicide by shooting himself with his pistol at first.

Despite this situation, he strongly condemns the statement made by Keheliya Rambukwella targeting Manjula Basnayake and said that such a targeted statement could endanger his life and making such serious statements is repression of the media.

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