Published on: March 5, 2024

Cartoonists’ Perception of President over Past Two Years

  • “Press Vs. Prez” will be launched on 07th March.

A book titled “Press Vs. Prez” provides insights into how newspaper cartoonists portrayed President Ranil Wickremesinghe’s unique role in steering the country through economic turmoil, will be officially launched at the Nelum Pokuna Theater in Colombo on 07th March 2024, at 4:00 PM. The event will be graced by the patronage of President Ranil Wickremesinghe himself.

The compilation has been curated by Mr. Wajira Abeywardena, Member of Parliament and Chairman of the United National Party.”

Since President Ranil Wickremesinghe took office as a member of the 9th Parliament on 23rd June 2021, this collection has been curated by gathering approximately 600 cartoons from newspapers that depict his leadership journey up until May 2023.

Forty cartoonists and around twenty journalists have contributed their works to this compilation. Furthermore, the ceremony will also acknowledge the contributions of the cartoonists and television anchors who presented these cartoons on TV.

Indian cartoonist Mr. Nala Ponnappa will grace the book launch as a special guest and will deliver a noteworthy speech, adding a unique perspective to the event.

Professor Rohan Nettasinghe is slated to deliver a critical lecture, providing valuable insights and analysis on the content of the book, enriching the audience’s understanding of its significance.

Former presidents, Ministers, Members of the Parliament, foreign ambassadors, journalists, and closest friends of President Ranil Wickremesinghe have all received invitations to attend this event.


The Presidential Media Division is fully responsible for socializing the views, actions, decisions and statements of His Excellency the President through the media. Electronic, print and new media will contribute to this through a credible and engaging approach.

The media department works as a source of information on the subject of the President’s vision and mission by maintaining good coordination with public and private media organizations and journalists.

National policies, plans and measures are explained to the people through the use of high quality media. Identify the fallacies and reveal the truth.