NEW IGP PUJITHA JAYASUNDERA-A GREAT LEADER OR A SCAPEGOAT?- WILL PJ FORM A POLICE STATE AND SUPRESS MEDIA FREEDOM WITH USA BACKING?
Posted on April 23rd, 2016
By M D P DISSANAYAKE
The newly appointed Inspector General of Police Mr Pujitha Jayasundera must receive the greatest accolade now that he holds the sword to bring back the glory of Police force in Sri Lanka.
PJ has gone through the Mill. He is well known as a robust speaker and a honest, hardworking, illustrious, devoted fighter with plenty of vigour.
Thus far PJ’s name is unblemished. His skills of public speaking is an asset, once again clearly demonstrated during the first media conference. However sadly , some of the words he used in his Sinhala speech, I could not understand. “අකර්මනය තැන් පරති විහියුගතනය කිරීම” I said at once to my wife, “දෙයියෝ සාක්කි”.
However, his Sinhala vocabulary during the media conference gave the impression that PJ might turn Sri Lankan Police Force to the standards of Icelandic Police, to be on top of the world.
PJ did send some strong messages to the media during his media conference, as reported by Derana News on 22 April 2016. There is no doubt that the entire media personalities were shell shocked by his comments. He said, in future there will be no comments from the Police Officers to the media on pending cases. He went on merrily to stamp his authority that in future the media spokesperson will outline the outcome of pending cases.
Has PJ frightened the Press? Has he bulldozed the Press? Will he excavate the graves to bury the media freedom of Sri Lanka?
Did Ranil, Chandrika and Maithree get the right man to harm their political enemies? Or did Ranil, Chandrika and Maithree get the wrong man ( just like President Mahinda Rajapakse appointing Sarath Fonseka as Army Commander) with a sword and a boomerang?