SLPP MPs assault Journalists, snatch phones

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Two Lobby Correspondents were assaulted and harassed yesterday (17), by Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) MPs, while they were filming the ruling party MPs coming out of the Parliament Committee Room, after a group meeting yesterday (17) morning.

The journalists, Kasun Samaraweera and Prageeth Perera were using mobile phones to video the moment.

SLPP MPs Indika Anuruddha and D. Weerasinghe, are accused of harassing the Parliament correspondents and snatching their phones, too, as they were leaving after the party meeting.

According to the assaulted journalists, Anurudhdha and Weerasinghe assaulted them stating, “You are the reason for everything.” They later snatched the mobile phones of the two journalists.

Commenting on the matter, Opposition Leader MP Sajith Premadasa called on Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena to conduct an inquiry into the incident.

He also urged the Speaker to instruct the MPs to allow the practice of freedom of media and not to obstruct the duties of journalists.

MP Channa Jayasumana labelled the journalists as ‘unidentified persons’ and said filming the MPs via mobile phones is a threat to their security.

The MPs had handed the phones over to the Speaker’s Office later.

The journalists lodged a complaint at Welikada Police on the incident in the evening.

BY Gagani Weerakoon and Methmalie Dissanayake