President Ranil Wickremesinghe says if the country is to overcome the current challenges, stability must be ensured in the country, and in order to achieve this goal, accurate information must be circulated among the public.
Pointing out that nothing can be achieved without propaganda, the President called on all media secretaries to commit to revealing the government’s ‘Rebuilding the Country’ programme to the public without delay.
President Wickremesinghe expressed his views while addressing a workshop held today (7) at the Government Information Department to apprise press secretaries of all Cabinet Ministers, State Ministers and Governors of the state communication mechanism.
The President said media secretaries hold prime responsibility in publicising the development and policy programmes of the government, while they were informed of the importance of maintaining optimal coordination between the Government Information Department, the President’s Media Division and Ministries to maintain a strong state communication mechanism.
President Wickremesinghe further commented,
“Holding such workshops is a timely. I do not expect to comment at length here. I have spoken enough. Now it is time to convey the essence of my utterances to the country. The program of the government has to be conveyed to the country. We are facing very difficult times. I don’t think such a situation has been faced during the 20th century or even prior to that. We have to get out of this. Many people have lost hope. We must correct that situation. We have to publicize the government’s program.
We are aware of the problems that the country is facing. Even if we cannot find solutions for all the problems, still, we are aware of those problems. This message should be carried to the people.
Everyone should be aware of what the government is undertaking. If there are mistakes, they should be corrected. We need to get out of this problematic period. If there is instability in the country, we will not recover. There should be stability in the country. It is necessary to provide the correct information to create that stability.
Unlike Print and electronic media, currently we are all facing social media problems. It carries positive as well as negative information, which is one of the major problems that the entire world is facing. This bad impact affects us especially at this time. Therefore, it is the responsibility of each and every one of you to address this challenge appropriately. If you do not accomplish your responsibility, the whole country will face more problems. The reason that you are here today is for you 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% have participated in this workshop. We need to find out who was not present today. Since these people have a responsibility of conveying news to the media and how to correct the misconceptions, there is a major publicity campaign in this regard. Nothing succeeds without publicity.
In addition, there are numerous other programs. You should be aware of that too. The programs such as the 75th Anniversary of Independence in 2023. According to the idea of the former Speaker, forming of Public Councils (Jana Sabha) will take place next week. There is a great responsibility in organizing such programs. It is important to get publicity for these programs.
Also, I have suggested to convene this group once in 03 months and discuss with them. I would like to thank the chiefs in charge of our media departments who are conducting this program as well as the Editor-in-Chief of Lankadeepa.”
Minister Bandula Gunawardena, State Minister Shanta Bandara, Senior Media Adviser to the President Prof. Sunanda Maddumabandara, Director General of President Media Division Dhanushka Ramanayake and Chairman of the Independent Television Network Sudarshana Gunawardena (Attorney-at-law) and Editor in Chief of Lankadeepa Siri Ranasinghe were presented at this work shop which was organized under the guidance of the Director General of Government Information Dinith Chinthaka Karunaratne.