The committee was appointed to obtain suggestions in order to free state media from the grip of the government.
Chaired by Vijayananda Jayaweera, the committee also includes Prof. Jayadeva Uyangoda, Dr. Pradeep Weearasinghe, Dr Anoma Rajakaruna, Sudarshana Gunawardana, Nalaka Gunawardana and Kaushalya Fernando.
In a series of Tweets, Mr. Deshapriya had been critical of the panelists.
TWEETS (No of tweets : 4)
Why didn't @MangalaLK consider Sunil Wijesiriwardena 4 the committee he has appointed re state media reform? He is one of the best minds we have on Media & Culture today in #SriLanka I think this whole thing is a project extension of IMS, Denmark, 3 of the members are IMS linked. pic.twitter.com/QIP8rdcYtI— sunanda deshapriya (@sunandadesh) February 12, 2019
මාධ්ය නියාමනයටයැයි විජයාන්නද ජයවීර කෙටුම්පත් කළ එනමුත් හකුලා ගැනීමට සිදුවූ දරුණු පනත මංගලගේ කමිටුවෙන් යළි පණ ලබයිද? ඔහු ලෝක බැංකුවේ සේවකයෙක් නේද? #SriLanka @FMMsrilanka ප්රදීප් වීරසිංහත් ඒ පනතේ හවුල්කාරයෙක්!— sunanda deshapriya (@sunandadesh) February 12, 2019
#Srilanka No one form the active media freedom organisations in the committee appointed by @MangalaLK 4 reforming state media. That is a pity. Why Pradeep Weerasinghe? Is he funding the process! @FMMsrilanka @vikalpavoices— sunanda deshapriya (@sunandadesh) February 12, 2019
#SriLanka @MangalaLK appoints a com. to analyse & provide rec s on the behaviour of state-run media institutions— sunanda deshapriya (@sunandadesh) February 12, 2019
chair- Vijayananda Jayaweera,
Prof. Jayadeva Uyangoda
Dr. Pradeep Weearasinghe
Dr Anoma Rajakaruna
In response, Dr. Pradeep Weearasinghe has also put up a Facebook post.