The government informed that it was presently contemplating lodging complaints with the Press Complaints Commission of Sri Lanka and the Sri Lanka Press Council against certain media institutions for the publication of alleged false and distorted reports with incorrect and inaccurate information.
Director General of Government Information, Dr. Ranga Kalansooriya said that the process of doing so was presently ongoing.
The options for litigation are limited as even though one could institute litigation, such would be a lengthy, time-consuming process, he noted.
Who in the government has stated anywhere that a war crimes tribunal would be set up in nine months with the participation of foreign judges? He queried.
If someone in the government has stated such a thing, it would be a fact, and the fact of the matter is that such a fact has not been stated by the government as reported in the media, he explained.
Such a position has not been aired by President Maithripala Sirisena or Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mangala Samaraweera even in their personal statements, he further remarked.
“The government’s official stance has been made clear by Samaraweera at the most recent United Nations Human Rights Council sessions. There is no conflicting position. Journalists can report on whatever perceived confusion arising out of Sirisena stating that there would be no foreign judges and Samaraweera stating that such is the President’s opinion, yet one cannot run on assumptions when dealing with factual aspects concerning judicial procedures and investigations,” he emphasized.