D.R.Wijewardene was fiercely independent - State Defence Minister
Deputy Post Master General
W.H. Wickremasinghe presents the new postage stamp and First Day
Cover issued on Friday to mark the 130th birth anniversary of
the founder of the Associated Newspapers Ceylon Ltd., D.R.
Wijewardene, to Minister of Media and Parliamentary Reforms
Gayantha Karunathilake and State Minister of Defence Ruwan
Wijewardene, at a function held at the Lakshman Kadirgamar
Institute of International Relations and Strategic Studies on
Pic: Wimal Karunathilake
The Peoples' trust in the electronic, print or social media solely
depends on its credibility and this was the ultimate goal of D.R
Wijewardene, founder of Lake House publications, said State Minister of
Defence, Ruwan Wijewardene, a grandson of the late D.R Wijewardene
delivering the keynote address to mark the 130th birth anniversary of
D.R.Wijewardene on Friday at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute in
"He was fiercely independent and committed to report the truth as he
saw it," he said.
The Minister said the success of the Associated Newspapers of Ceylon
Limited was testament to its founder's vocation and that he hopes that
the present Chairman will transform the institution to a formidable
competitor. A special commemorative stamp and First Day Cover was issued
to mark the 130th birth anniversary of D.R Wijewardene on Friday.
Minister of Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media, Gayantha
Karunathilake, Chairman, ANCL, Kavan Ratnayake, members of the
Wijewardene family, veteran journalist, Edwin Ariyadasa, Directors,
former ANCL Chairmen and members of the media were present.
Chairman Kavan Ratnayake said D.R Wijewardene was an example to many.
He said issues such as governance and unemployment could have been
easily dealt with if people of the calibre of D.R Wijewardene lived
today. He thanked the media industry for the support to ANCL over the
Executive Assistant to ANCL Chairman, Savan Wijewardene welcoming the
guests said Lake House has embarked on a transition to revitalise the
institution and will engage with a broader media community.
"ANCL hopes to make a bigger contribution to the newspaper industry
and media freedom," he said. D.R Wijewardene understood the importance
of an empowered media to achieve and maintain independence and
Lake House today is an embodiment of his vision," said Wijewardene.
A panel discussion on 'The arrival and evolution of Sri Lanka's print
media' was hosted by writer and researcher, Nalaka Gunawardene.
The panellists were Prof. Rohan Samarajeewa, Senior Associate Editor
Hana Ibrahim, Sumith Chaminda, CEO of the Sri Lanka Press Institute,
Kumar Lopez and Dr.Tudor Weerasinghe. Veteran journalist Edwin Ariyadasa,
shared some of his cherished memories of D.R Wijewardene and the time he
spent at ANCL. He said, "D.R. Wijewardene was one of the greatest
personalities of the day and an entrepreneurial genius."