In an interview with the state-run ITN channel, Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapakse slams media organizations, accusing some journalists of being terrorists.
The defence Secretary also singles out the Maharajah (Sirasa) Network, calling it the ‘voice of tigers’ in the south and the alleges that the attack on the MTV premises is self-inflicted to gain sympathy and to collect Insurance.
Further, the secretary calls Chevaan Daniel, the channel head of MTV, a terrorist, citing his comments given to CNN following the attacks on the MTV studios. The Defence Secretary goes on to announce that Mr. Daniel would be put behind bars after the investigations are over. Since the interview, Mr.Daniel has fled the country.
The interview is available on Youtube in Sinhala and was given on the 7th of January 2009, a day before the assassination of the Sunday Leader Editor, Lasantha wickramatunga.
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