Meanwhile the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said threats from Silva, a former labor minister, have to be taken seriously.On December 27, 2007, accompanied by a large group of men, he stormed the state-run television station Sri Lanka Rupavahini Cooperation and assaulted the news director, T.M.G. Chandrasekara.The station’s staff held the minister and his supporters while police were summoned, and videotaped the minister’s apology for his actions. Silva was apparently angry because a speech he had delivered the previous day was not fully reported by the station. In 2009 Podala Jayantha was abducted in broad daylight near the Embuldeniya junction in Nugegoda.A badly battered Jayantha was later dumped into a muddy pit by the roadside near the IDH hospital. He however said that there was no move to record a statement from the Minister himself at the moment. CPJ says given the anti-media atmosphere being pumped up by the government, Silva will not have to apologize if his threat of violence should ever materialize. (Colombo Gazette) Police spokesman Ajith Rohana, when contacted by Colombo Gazette, said that the purported statement made by the Minister will be investigated. The police are to investigate the statement made by Minister Mervyn Silva in Kiribathgoda yesterday where he had threatened to break the bones of some human rights activists and journalists.Silva had also claimed that former convener of the Free Media Movement (FMM) Podala Jayantha, had to flee the country because of him.

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