Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa yesterday said the media needed to be responsible when reporting about incidents of crime.
He called on the media to be responsible in reporting crime since it could have an impact on the country's image.
Speaking at a seminar organized by the Government Information Department on crime and national security, the Defence Secretary noted that improper reporting of crime related reports would have a negative impact on tourism and investments to the country.
He pointed out that the while the media needed to report incidents of crime, it should be done properly.
However, Secretary Rajapaksa observed that due to the media focus on crime and culprits of those acts has resulted in many suspects on warrants being arrested.
The Defence Secretary also added that there is no increase in the country's crime rate according to statistics but more incidents are reported now.
He said that maximum measures have been taken to prevent crimes in the country and the Police have been instructed to take legal action against those who are involved in crimes disregarding their status and political mediation.