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Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 5.41 GMT
SL's image distorted by Western media - Prof. Athugala


The mass media is used in several Western countries to distort the image of Sri Lanka, Director General of the Government Information Department Prof. Ariyaratne Athugala said. He said the mass media in the West is used as a novel means of colonialism.

He made these observations at the concluding ceremony of the Basic Mass Media Course for officers and other rankers of the Army conducted by the Government Information Department and the Army Mass Media Director Board, at the Information Department Auditorium on Tuesday (May 27).

Prof. Athugala further said that local views and voices that create the genuine social image of Sri Lanka have no room in the global media. They create an image of Sri Lanka in the manner they want. The world media are controlled by the main super power of the world.

He also added that the mass media in the West is used as a tool to suit their vested interests. He added that a bullet is used to kill a person physically but the mass media is used to kill the mass conscience. "The media is used to deviate from the social and cultural background and create chaos making the receiver confused," he added.

Prof. Athugala further stated that these groups need an attitudinal change in the way they identify the forces in Sri Lanka that have created an environment to rebuild a socially, culturally and morally rich society. He further said that Western cultural features and social values are flowing fast into our society. This is done deliberately by the media and it is another aspect of colonialism. He also said that the members of society as well as the Security Forces should have a basic knowledge on media to understand what is happening in society. Therefore, this basic course for Army personnel will go a long way to achieve this end.

Army Commander Lt. Gen. Daya Ratnayake, Director of Army Media Brigadier Jayanath Jayaweera also spoke on the occasion.




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