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BBC Sri Lanka Journalist summoned by CID for retweeting President’s Media Division goof up

The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has reportedly summoned Azzam Ameen, BBC correspondent in Sri Lanka, to record a statement over one of his retweets.

Online news website Colombo Gazette reported that Ameen has been asked to appear before the CID tomorrow 10am over his tweet and comment on the President’s Twitter profile.

The BBC journalist yesterday commented and retweeted a tweet which appeared on the official twitter account of the President’s media division where the President was asked how he intends to implement some of his proposals made in Parliament.

“In the short time that my administration has been in power, we were able to introduce many progressive legislative reforms. We hope to bring about many more new Acts to strengthen our democracy,” the President tweeted last evening.

Minutes later, the President’s Media Division Twitter account responded to the tweet saying, “you are a wonderful speaker. But do you ensure they turn into action. Show by doing!”

“You are a wonderful speaker. But how do you ensure they turn into action. Show by doing!” Advice to President Sirisena from his own @PMDNewsGov,” Ameen had tweeted.

It was not entirely clear as to how this strange Twitter response came from the official Twitter  account of the PMD.

“It seems for a brief moment the @PMDNewsGov twitter was compromised. The account has now been recovered and PMD is investigating the matter,” the PMD tweeted a little later, explaining the debacle.

Azaam was also seen questioning the outspoken government spokesman Rajitha Senaratne to a rare silence at press briefing yesterday. He questioned why the recent appointments by the President to significant positions were ‘tainted politicos’. Some observers question if this was a way to silence journalists who ask bold questions with regard to governments policy of bringing back politicians with questionable pasts?

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