ECONOMYNEXT – A Presidential Media Centre (PMC) was declared open on Thursday (29) which is said to be similar to James S. Brady Press Briefing Room in the United States White House to facilitate interactions between President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the media.
The James S. Brady Press Briefing Room is a small theatre in the West Wing of the White House where the White House press secretary gives briefings to the news media and the president of the United States sometimes addresses the press and the nation.
“In theory and in the book, every government has to do good. In practice, whether they do it or not is another issue,” Lalith Weeratunga, Principal Advisor to the President told reporters after launching the PMC.
“In that sense we will facilitate (a dialogue). We will be educating the journalists on issues pertaining to the president. We will not duplicate what the government information department does. That is not our job. We are here only to convey to you what is pertaining to the president.”
The PMC aims to provide accurate and efficient information to the media and the public onthe progress of the president’s pledges made to the people in the policystatement, “Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour” before the November 2019 election.
Kingsley Rathnayake, President Rajapaksa’s spokesman was quoted in local media that the new PMC has been created based on the weekly press briefings conducted by the White House in the United States.
The PMC, which could accommodate up to 40 journalists at a time, is located at the ground floor of the old Chartered Bank building in front of the President’sHouse in Colombo Fort.
During weekly media briefing, journalists will get an opportunity to ask questions directly or via online from thePresident’s Spokesman and government officials on selected topics, a statement from the President Media Division said.