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Don’t use pen to tarnish Motherland’s image – Dr. Bandula Gunawardena

Mass Media Minister Dr. Bandula Gunawardena presenting a diploma certificate.
Mass Media Minister Dr. Bandula Gunawardena presenting a diploma certificate.

A ceremony to award diploma certificates for students of the 8th batch of the media studies and journalism-diploma course and the certificate course in journalism conducted by the Sri Lanka Press Council was held at the Bank Vidhu Piyasa Institute, Rajagiriya yesterday. Transport, Highways and Mass Media Minister Dr. Bandula Gunawardena, who was the chief guest on this occasion, said that political science mentions three pillars for the well-being of a healthy society - the Legislature, the Executive and the Judiciary. Today's media also has a great responsibility on behalf of social progress. With the establishment of newspapers in Sri Lanka after the colonial era, newspapers have contributed greatly to building a national ideology for the sake of freedom in the country.

“I believe that newspaper editors of the past such as Martin Wickramasinghe, Chandraratne Manawasinghe, Meemana Premathilaka and D. B. Dhanapala led the media with a great social vision to create a society with high values so that the cultural value systems of our country were protected.

“Nevertheless, we have to reluctantly admit that there has been a large landslide culturally, morally and where humans are concerned in the last few decades. It is my personal experience that the national image of our country has also been damaged due to the manipulation of hate media based on personal agendas without any national agenda.

“The film The Newspaper we produced, which includes a story related to the media, was presented at the Kazan Film Festival held in Russia and when we went there, we had the opportunity to meet various scholars including filmmakers, producers, and directors from all over the world. Many of them are afraid of coming to this country. I believe that the image they have created through right or wrong media has had a great impact.

“Therefore, even if we live for a short time and die, I request these media diploma holders not to use their pen in such a way so as to damage the image of the motherland to enable the unborn generation to live. A country's newspapers and media should not be an ombudsman but a pioneer who leads the way. The most important media mission at this moment is if you can try to transform your media institutions into an enlightened conversation centre that thinks with more enlightenment than you think, sees with more enlightenment than you see, and listens with more enlightenment than you hear.

“After the destruction of the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by nuclear bombs during the World War II, the first lesson taught to children in Japan through the media and the field of education was love. Love your family and all people you know and do not know. Love the environment including plants and animals. Love the motherland.Therefore, even today, Japanese people can be seen bowing their heads even when they meet a stranger.

“I request all of you who are receiving diploma certificates today to use the media to make the country proud.”Mass Media Ministry Secretary Anusha Pelpita, officials of the Sri Lanka Press Council, University Vice-Chancellors and Diploma Recipients were present.

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