Opposition leader Sajith Premadasa yesterday (03) questioned the summoning of Neth FM journalists before the parliament privileges committee over allegations raised by minister Bandula Gunawardena.
A complaint has been filed by the minister, accusing that his parliamentary privileges have been violated due to an alleged false news report that had been published by Neth FM and several other local media.
Accordingly, Neth FM journalists have been summoned before the parliament privileges committee for an inquiry.
Condemning the move, Premadasa told Parliament that it was a breach of media freedom.
He asked the prime minister to intervene and prevent such action being taken against journalists.
Commenting Gunawardena’s complaint, Neth FM has said that the views shared during the broadcast was that of a trade union leader and are not that of the media institution or its journalists.