The President has accused the senior journalists who were taken to Geneva to cover the UN Human Rights Council sessions of failing to carry out their duty by the country. The President has directed the editor of The Nation newspaper, Malinda Seneviratne to immediately travel to Geneva in order to coordinate a media campaign favorable to Sri Lanka.
The President has said that Director General of the Presidential Media Unit, Bandula Jayasekera and editor of Lakbima News, Rajpal Abeynayake had visited brothels in Geneva every evening and had even lost their air tickets during those escapades. The two senior media personnel had had to return to the country using temporary tickets.
The President has noted that Daily Mirror journalist Kelum Bandara who was also sponsored by the state had got himself involved in unwanted issues.
Kelum Bandara had approached the US representative at the UN Adeline Chamberlain without following the diplomatic protocol and had demanded that he be given an interview immediately. He had also been wearing the logo of the delegates participating in the sessions instead of the media ID.
Chamberlain had informed of the matter to the head of the UN Human Rights Council sessions and the head of the Sri Lankan delegation, Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe had been advised about the matter.