Is it ethical for govt. analyst to sit with minister to face media?

Kumudu Jayawardena (TPL) | Published: 9:39 PM Nov 25 2021
Politics Is it ethical for govt. analyst to sit with minister to face media?

Questions are being raised if it is ethical for Senior Assistant Government Analyst Rushan Fernando to face the media along with a government minister.

Fernando was at a press briefing today (25) along with Consumer Affairs State Minister L:asantha Alagiyawanne to answer accusations against the government over a spate of gas cylinder explosions.

Noting the Government Analyst’s Department should function as an independent entity, critics say its officials meeting journalists together with government ministers could amount to a breach of credibility placed in the department.

Lawyer Upul Kumarapperuma told our sister website mawbima.lk the independence of the GA’s Department was crucial to ensure the proper rule of law and the judicial process.

Noting that this department’s opinion is considered a piece of expert evidence in a court of law, he said that despite its being part of the executive, serious problems could arise if the department allied with the political authority.

“Its credibility could be challenged and the people could become somewhat curious about the validity of the government analyst’s report. Because people compare it with the recent conduct of the government. For instance, the first report by the Government Analyst’s Department in a newspaper about the gas cylinders makes a considerable impact on the country. So, if it is wrong, what the Government Analyst’s Department can do is to inform the Government Information Department that it was wrong. Then, the people will know. instead, if it holds a media briefing with a minister or a chairman, its independence and credibility would breakdown,” he said.

Kumudu Jayawardena (TPL) | Published: 9:39 PM Nov 25 2021

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