TVNewser FishbowlDC AgencySpy TVSpy LostRemote PRNewser SocialTimes AllFacebook 10,000 Words GalleyCat UnBeige MediaJobsDaily

TV Station Holds Politician Hostage


Dealing with pompous, asinine politicians is one of the hazards of working in television news. But Sri Lankan state broadcaster Rupavahini TV lived the dream… and held the country’s Minister of Labor hostage for three hours.

Here’s what happened… Mervyn Silva, Sri Lanka’s Minister of Labor, stormed the offices of state broadcaster Rupavahini along with his entourage. Silva was upset that a speech he made on Wednesday had not been covered by the station. A scuffled ensured and one of Silva’s aides allegedly assaulted Rupavhini’s news director. Silva was then held hostage by Rupavahini’s staff for more than three hours… the problem?

Rupavahini TV would have let Silva leave the building if he apologized. He eventually apologized… after Rupavahini’s corporate HQ was surrounded by commandos and police with tear gas. But, wait. Silva gave a non-apology apology:

“If my action is considered as a wrong act, I would like to apologise to the employees,” said Silva.

Silva has had a history of violent behavior in the past.

(Image via Al-Jazeera/Reuters)

Mediabistro Course

Travel Writing

Travel WritingStarting September 23, learn how to turn your travel stories into published essays and articles! Taught by a former Vanity Fair staff writer, James Sturz will teach you how to report, interview, and find sources, discover story ideas and pitch them successfully, and understand what travel editors look for in a story. Register now!