|"We are committed to development despite all obstacles"- President|
|Wednesday, 13 August 2008|
President Mahinda Rajapaksa said that the Government is committed to developing the country even amid the heavy pressure excreted by certain parties.
Making clarifications on the continuous allegations levelled against the government with regard to media freedom and human rights issues, President Rajapaksa said that the present Government has given the utmost freedom for journalists to carry out their duties independently and added that the Government is taking every possible step to protect the rights of each and every individual in the country.
The President made these observations on the occasion of handing over permanent deeds to 1200 low-income families of the Rathnapura and Kegalle district today (12).
President Rajapaksa went on to say that there is no media suppression in the country.He pointed out that this has been clearly expressed and affirmed by journalists themselves on several occasions and said that there is a political move to disgrace the country by highlighting these issues and taking things out of context.
"There was a political need to go before the international community, claiming that people were being disappeared," he added.
The President emphasized that he respects human rights and is always prepared to safeguard these rights.
(Courtesy : Department of Information )
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