A journalists’ pressure group has strongly criticised the appointment of a Sri lankan deputy media minister “notorious for attacking journalists”.
But Mr Silva said that he would do his utmost to protect reporters.
“When I watch some channels they always show the holes in the roads but never show the repaired ones – please show the repaired roads,” he said.
Mr Silva was confirmed in his new post by parliament on 23 April.
“In what country do you appoint an arsonist to put out fires?” a press release issued by Reporters Without Borders RWB asked.