Lakshman Gunasekera is a senior journalist in Sri Lanka, former Editor of the Sunday Observer and head of the Sri Lanka Chapter of the South Asia Free Media Association . He was recently interviewed by Groundviews at a protest rally in Colombo on the 18th Amendment. Speaking as chapter head of the socially committed journalist group he expressed great alarm about the current trend with the increasing dictatorial governance tendencies.
He highlights that any recognition and agreement that there needed to be reforms has only not been addressed but made far worse with the further politicization that is taking place. As a media person he was outraged by the process of rushing through this amendment with “the person on the street” barely knowing anything about this. Gunasekera pleads “Where is the democracy?, Where is the sovereignty of the people? …development can only proceed with democracy.”