19 November, 2018

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Anti-Muslim Hate: Tamil Media Joins In! Media Ethics Thrown To The Winds!

By Mohamed Harees –

Lukman Harees

The Tamil mainstream newspapers have since of late joined the anti-Muslim hate bandwagon too. On 16th June , the popular Tamil newspaper Virakesari splashed a sensational news front page headline which read: Gnanasara Thero’s arrest – a Ramazan Eid Bonanza (for the Muslims) indirectly connecting his jail sentence to the rogue Thero’s anti Muslim hate campaign. In actual fact, this headline was further from the truth and this imputation smacked of promoting renewed anti Muslim feelings and sentiments in a country besieged by this cancer in the Post War period. It was ironically in April 2018 that another Tamil newspaper Thinakural  wrote in bold headlines again  on their front page thus: ‘Muslim racism emerges against the Eastern Tamils’, which too was both false and misleading, in the backdrop of the hijab issue in the Trinco school, making the victims look as perpetrators. These alarming developments, viewed in the backdrop of  the damage Siva Senai has been inflicting in the N-E areas by inciting the Tamil people against their brethren in language, shows both insidious political and Islamophobic dimensions with tentacles extending even beyond the shores of Sri Lanka. How effective will the Press Complaints Council of Sri Lanka (PCCSL) be to deal with the blatant violations by these offending media outlets promoting hatred will be left to be seen!  

The rogue monk, widely considered as a disgrace to the true Buddhist teachings was only jailed for abusive behaviour against a sitting judge, contempt of court, charges of causing criminal harassment and intimidation and fear under the Penal code ,and for abusing and threatening Ms. Sandya Ekneliyagoda. The judge delivered a sentence of 6 months R.I. each on the first and second charges , to be served concurrently in six months , in addition to a fine. He wasn’t jailed seriously for offences relating to many charges of insult against Islam and the culture of the Muslims. Contrastingly, the law was in fact bent for him and was comically was acquitted few times within a space of a day. What Ven Gnanassara Thero and his radical outfit BBS did along with the sister hate groups during the former racism-prone MR regime was well known. His anti- Muslim antics however extended well beyond that regime, into this so-called Yahapalana times too. He liberally continued to insult the religion and the culture of the Sri Lankan Muslims with impunity with not much fear or sanction from the law enforcement authorities Thus, the process of justice which worked as it should because of the courage of a sitting judge of a smaller court  and a brave female activist Sandya, totally fell apart or  turned a blind eye when he has been wreaking havoc on the inter communal harmony through his well-orchestrated  anti-Muslim hate campaign. The judge must be admired for trying to reform a most incorrigible robed monk when politicians were encouraging his rowdy conduct to achieve their selfish agendas , and temples too could not save him from the road to perdition. But, so much for the process of justice when anti-Muslim hate come to be punished, which shows the fallacy of equal treatment of Muslims in Sri Lanka ! 

It  has thus now become clear that Islamophobia is not just confined to Sinhala Buddhist hate groups; rather there are proven links to their extremist cousins in the Tamil community too- the Shiv Senai. There was the hijab issue in a Trincomalee Tamil school instigated by these hate elements and some disgruntled local Tamil politicians. Then, the SS group gave life to another forgotten area of conflict –Cattle slaughter and call for a beef ban in the North, with the leader of the groups referring to Muslims indirectly as aliens who should leave the Island if they cannot fall in line with the religious beliefs of the majority- Buddhists and Hindus; a reference which shows sinister plans to open another can of worms in a land which suffered a lot from racial and religious based conflicts. There was suspected Indian RAW connection to the resurgence of anti-Muslim sentiments in Tamil dominated areas after the dreaded Tiger rule ,which raises further concern. How many joint ventures are yet to take fruit between Sinhala Buddhist and  Hindi anti-Muslim extreme groups are everyone’s guess! 

These alarming developments emerging in the predominantly Tamil North and the Eastern Sri Lanka where significant Tamil population live, barely few months after the infamous Digana anti-Muslim violence which left the Muslim community to relive the horrors of Aluthgama under a government which was voted in to reign in the offenders which included Gnanasara Thero as well  and to punish them, indeed send chills upto the spine of a battered community because of another emerging war- religiously instigated ‘war’. Already social media has been a flurry of activity promoting racial and religious hatred specially against the Muslims. There were also some sections of the Sinhala Media too which have been quite liberal in promoting Islamophobia. Now that the mainstream Tamil newspapers too have joined in, the implications are just quite alarming to say the least. Despite these dangerous developments,  with the alarm bells being sounded even by the Tamil politicians themselves about Shiva Sevai, the government seems to be still  adopting a ‘no hear; no see’ policy. The Muslim political leadership is of course imbecile and impotent as it always has been, fending their own nests and guarding their ‘golden’ eggs. Thus, Muslims are rightly referred in this context  as an orphaned community or Nobody’s people. 

Hate speech presents a major challenge to today’s journalism. Socially conscious journalists have been rightly alarmed at how rapidly hate-filled messages seep into, and often overwhelm, comment on the internet. Less talked about is how journalists’ own professional procedures — including how news is defined — may amplify the voices of hate propagandists. Then there are the media outlets that purvey intolerance, serving as ideological spokesmen and cheerleaders for forces of hate, from Xenophobics, Islamophobics  to religious extremists. Even free speech advocates agree that hate speech requires special handling, especially when levelled against minorities too weak to counter it in the marketplace of ideas. However, discussions on this subject often lose focus: definitions get fuzzy and we find legitimate concerns being translated into unwarranted censorship.

To label something otherwise inoffensive as “hate speech” and use it as an excuse for silencing criticism of dominant values and institutions has understandably bred cynicism among many journalists. As a defensive reaction, they retreat behind their legal right to freedom of expression. Yet, legal limits should not determine the boundaries of professional conduct. Many principles that journalists live by, such as protecting confidentiality, are not imposed by law, and indeed, may be in conflict with the law, but are nonetheless voluntarily adopted as a matter of ethics. Similarly, journalists need to develop their ethical capacities to respond to the real risk of serious harm being promoted. Ethical standards pertaining to hate speech remain a work in progress. There are a number of worrisome trends that deserve closer scrutiny and deliberation. In the broader context of  Post- war developments in Sri Lanka, many Muslims at the receiving end, however, maintain that such denigration of their religion and culture is part of a broad ideological assault that makes it harder for them to live as equals in their society. It is sad that politicians had  already “polarised” the country and “legitimised hate” using hate groups as weapons and the Media has been playing a complimentary role.

One of the most pernicious and under-discussed aspects of hate speech is that potent hate campaigns are not limited to racist rants or banners. They instead involve a sophisticated effort across a networked movement including the Media outlets as well. Extreme expression is only part of its arsenal and not necessarily the most effective weapon. Psychologists and sociologists tell us that messages are more persuasive when they enter minds when their guard is down. Journalists need to be vigilant not only against obviously toxic speech, but also hate propaganda couched in pseudoscientific terms and reasonable discourse. Sensationalising news and adding racist/ hate flavour  to their news stories has sadly become more common for commercial purposes. 

Take for example in UK; the role of the media in the rise of hate crime in the UK has been unequivocal. For too long now the right-wing tabloid press in the UK has vilified minorities and vulnerable groups. This vilification is by no means a new phenomenon and has long existed in British Media. Experts have been warning for some time that antagonistic media coverage has been fuelling an increase in anti-Muslim and Islamophobic hate speech and crime. Many newspapers, broadcasters and other media outlets have therefore failed to rise to the challenge of fighting prejudice and bigotry; Instead of raising awareness and challenging ignorance, they stoke the fires of intolerance and racism.

Journalists therefore need to navigate with care around racism and extremism to avoid stirring up intolerance, and to report fairly the mosaic of languages, religion, cultures and different historical perspectives that shape modern society. As Roberto Natale, the President of National Federation of Italian Journalists (FNSI) said “Journalists have a duty to avoid fanning the flames of racial hatred. We do not ask them to be ‘militant’ but simply to do their job and respect the truth as they see it and always within the law that guides our profession’.A number of journalists’ unions and media, including public broadcasters in the West , have established specialist working groups and guidelines committed to combating racism that go beyond the good intentions of ethical declarations. At the same time national Press Councils have adopted codes which challenge intolerance and have taken up complaints from members of the public over racism in media, with varying results. Some have seemed to interpret their codes in the narrowest possible terms and have refused to find against newspapers even where there appears to be a strong prima facie case. Ethical codes will not solve all the problems of intolerance in media, but they help journalists to take responsibility and they encourage journalists to act according to their conscience. 

One conclusion of all this talk, reinforced again and again, is the need to campaign vigorously to recruit more people from different ethnic and cultural groups into journalism. To be effective, journalism must be inclusive, accountable and a reflection of the whole community.It is time now for media and regulatory bodies, including ICCSL with more legal teeth , to take significant steps to curb the racist, and anti-Muslim rhetoric that plagues factions of the media these days as a fad more due to demand and supply compulsions . Journalism should put populist and dangerous ideas under proper scrutiny. Media need standards for reporting which ensure people get the information they need, without lashings of bias and prejudice. Like all the other skills of journalism, it takes training, time and effort to become good at applying ethical codes which direct thinking and permit conscious decision-making, without allowing the government in over regulating the media industry. Yes! Public awareness should be raised to keep the media industry on their toes by complaining to the regulators, organizing peaceful protests and even going to courts against offending rogue newspapers when they carry misleading and/or racist/religiously offensive news-items or violate media ethics. Public activism is a must to ensure Media freedom is in the public interests. 

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    why are you blaming the media? they reported what was said in the press meet.they did not pluck words from air. your priorities and criticism are misplaced.

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      It is th sensationalising the news which is dangerous. Most people form opinions based on headlines. This is what this paper has done with ulterior motives to selling papers

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      Idiot, is it a gift for Muslims for ramazan festival? This is a gift to the fearless, honest Sinhala woman Prageeth Ekneligoda. So why this shit newspaper twisting it as something for Muslims. Gnanasara is not against only Muslims but dead against Tamils too.

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        Pregeeth Ekneligoda one of the Traitor and he funded by LTTE terrorist group also. This is well-known secret also. He should be deserved and his body should cut into 4 pieces and hang four corners of Sri Lanka. He has given each and every information about our Top Brass Army, Navy and Air Force personnel also. His entire family should wipe out from our Sinhalese Nation also

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        Ralli Ameen,

        You’re like the pot calling the kettle black. After all, the Muslims are also dead against the Tamils. We all know the atrocities committed by Muslims and Muslim home guards against the Tamils in the Eastern Province. The 1985 massacre of Tamil civilians in Karaitivu is a case in point.

        Karma is a bitch isn’t it?

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          Muslims have killed more hindus than all the other atrocities against hindus put together during mogal rule in India. They are the biggest threat to Tamil people in north and east … not the Sinhalese. Despite living in the same country for millenia sinhalese have never tried to convert tamils to buddhism unlike muslims and evangelists. They worship the same deities and has the potential to live together in harmony with mutual respect.

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      The writer must also expose:

      1. Anti-Tamil/Hindu hate by the Muslims.

      2.. Flow of Wahabi funds from Saudi to destabilise Sri Lanka.

      3. Advise his Muslim brethren to publicly engage in discussions of Buddhist, Hindu and Christian faiths.

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        He is showing his partiality. For his information in Sri Lanka there are more Muslim supporters of ISIS than the number of Sinhala supporters of BBS/Ravana Balakaya/Sinha Le etc or the number of Tamil supporters of Siva Senai. He is accusing RAW of fomenting violence against Muslims in Tamil dominated areas, but ignoring role being played by Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia etc in committing atrocities on Tamils by Muslims in eastern province and Vanni. He is saying that the news item in Tamil papers of these atrocities is false and misleading, when Malwatte Mahanayake Thero has acknowledged it when brought to his notice. If you ask Sinhalese or Tamils they will say that Muslims are the perpetrators of crime on others, and when they receive a back lash, feign innocence. It is time that Muslim racist politicians like Rishard Badurdeen, Hisbullah, Athaulla and others are told where to get off, if Muslims do not want problems to escalate.

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          I see Sinhalese people criticizing Sinhalese racists, Tamil people criticizing Tamil racists… has anyone ever seen a any Muslim ever criticizing racists acts of Muslims….. ……………they just point finger at others while each and everyone of them remain racist to the very core.

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      Mohamed Harees

      “this headline was further from the truth and this imputation smacked of promoting renewed anti Muslim feelings and sentiments in a country besieged by this cancer in the Post War period. “

      Tell me how many Sinhalese are able to read Tamil newspapers and grasp what is published in it?

      It seemed all these years only the Sinhala/Buddhists and VP’s b***s carriers are thought to be suffering from paranoia. Now you too have joined Dayan.

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        social media has already done the job by sharing what this meant. This is not paranoia by this writer. It is a trend that must be arrested .

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          Lukman Harees should not accuse others of spreading hatred, when he himself is spreading hatred through his columns in “Islam21C”.

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      Lukman Harees,

      1. ” On 16th June , the popular Tamil newspaper Virakesari splashed a sensational news front page headline which read: Gnanasara Thero’s arrest – a Ramazan Eid Bonanza (for the Muslims) indirectly connecting his jail sentence to the rogue Thero’s anti Muslim hate campaign.”

      Stupidity, low IQ, 79, and ignorance among the Paras permeate the Para-Tamils as well .

      2.” It was ironically in April 2018 that another Tamil newspaper Thinakural wrote in bold headlines again on their front page thus: ‘Muslim racism emerges against the Eastern Tamils’, which too was both false and misleading, in the backdrop of the hijab issue in the Trinco school, making the victims look as perpetrators. “

      The Para-Tamils in Sri Lanka, the Land of Native Veddah Aethho are low IQ Idiots and stupid. They voted with DS Senanayake to disenfranchise the up country Tamils in 1948, when the Socialist Sinhala parishes opposed it. Later the racist Sinhala parties taught these stupid Para-Tamils, Sinhala Only and the riots, and later the civil separatist war, and they killed Rajiv Gandhi.

      The Jaffna Tamils are the most racist and castist. Just read about the cast conflicts in Jaffna in the 1960’s and 70’s with Sundera-lingam (penis) at the forefront, written by HLD Mahindapala, Izzeth Hussein, Hoole and others in the CT. It is really appalling!

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    When has the muslim leaders sided with tamils during trouble times?

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      Prashan,

      “When has the muslim leaders sided with tamils during trouble times?”

      When have the castist Tamil leaders sided with up country Tamils during trouble times of 1948, when they were disenfranchised, and only when the Socialist Sinhala parties sided with the up country Tamils?

      When have the castist Para-Tamil leaders sided with low caste Jaffna Para-Tamils during trouble times post 1948, when they were discriminated and only when the Socialist Para-Sinhala parties and others sided with the low-caste Para-Tamils, in the Land of Native Veddah Aethho?

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    Vary valid points. However one problem of addressing it globally is that most of these sentiments don’t apply in Muslim majority West Asia. Therefore are we saying that these rules are not applicable if it is a Muslim majority country?

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      Helass

      “Therefore are we saying that these rules are not applicable if it is a Muslim majority country?”

      However you would like to have an island ghetto where no law is applicable to the Sinhala/Buddhist noisy minority simply because they believe in tyranny of the majority.

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      Hela,

      “Therefore are we saying that these rules are not applicable if it is a Muslim majority country?”

      Interesting comment. Is it the low mean IQ, 79, of the Para-Muslims in the Land of Native Veddah Aethho the reason?

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    Mr Hardees I can suggest few solutions for your issue .
    1) Muslims should not consider no believers are less human first and they should treat believers and non believers are the same if they abide by common morals.
    2)Muslims should integrate with mainstream ethnic groups rather that trying to highlight them as a distinct ethnic and religious group .
    3) They should liberalise their old outdated practises like child marriage and should give freedom to women like other ethnicities so they can have an education and contribute to the country positively rather that over populating the land which is a direct threat to the existence of others.
    4)Muslim ms should stop grabbing land throwing their money from Middle East and building mosques every town and city possible.These will make other ethnicities insecure and they cannot behave as innocent babes when they jolly well know what they are upto.
    5) Muslims should not encourage foreign powers to manipulate they local populations and spreading extreme views like Wahhabism which have been a real curse to the entire world not only to Sri Lanka.
    Whole world knows Muslims are not innocent victims as they are trying to project themselves as this writer does.They have their hidden agenda of spreading their faith and multiplying their numbers in ever second in every corner of the country
    They should stop playing the part of innocent victims role and should sort out their home front first to exist in non threatening manner with others.If they do not provoke others no one has to be Islamaphobic.There is no smoke without fire my friend.If keep ignoring this and continue to blame others You will continue to get the resistance from others as they have a right to defend themselves from silent hideous shrewd invaders and intruders like you lot.

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      Prasad, what you meant by saying integrating. Are you saying all Muslims should give up their religious tradition and customs and follow Sinhalese. You might say Muslims should go to temples too. Which foreign powers manipulating Sri Lanka Muslims? Muslims have some sort of links with other Muslims countries purely as fellow Muslims. Is Wahabism taught to Buddhist? It is only among Muslims and Muslims can take decision on that. You keep your stinking mouth shut.

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        Ralli Ameen
        Can you tell me one reason why unbelievers should not insult and discriminate against Muslims at every opportunity.

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        Ralli,
        Muslims don’t need to go to temples, but they must STOP barbaric circumcision of toddlers, barbaric Halal cattle slaughter, uncomfortable and ridiculous Abaya the ‘gonibilla’ dress, barbaric Shariya laws, etc,etc,etc.
        /
        Qatar and Saudi Arabia are annually sending millions of dollars (US$) to Muslims in Sri Lanka to Muslimize Sinhala-Buddhist Sri Lanka.

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          John,

          The Jews, the sworn enemy of the Muslims, have a barbaric way of circumcising their children. The Haredi Jews practice metzitzah b’peh, which is a kind of oral suction where the Mohel sucks out the blood using his mouth after the circumcision is performed. This is standard practice among Haredi living in cities such as New York today.

          The Muslim method of circumcision is gentle. Most Muslims circumcise their children between the ages of ten and twelve, whereas the Jews have to do it on the eight day of the infant’s life. Moreover, the Muslims generally carry out the procedure in hospital and is therefore fairly safe, whereas many Jewish infants end up with Herpes.

          Circumcision is also popular among Christians living in the United States and Australia. It is thus unfair of you to single out the Muslims on the issue of circumcision.

          I also take issue with you for singling out Muslims on the Abaya. The dividing line between an Abaya and a saree is very thin. Or take the cassock, the siyura, the verti or even the national dress of Sri Lanka worn by men… they really aren’t very different from the Abaya.

          My main and possibly only issue with Islam is with their punishment for apostasy. And I still believe there was something called the Golden Age of Islam, without which the Renaissance would not have been possible.

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            To be frank with you, Muslim s the made out religion robbing primarily from Judaism and Christianity.
            For instances Circumcising and Halal have been the fundamentals of Judaism and these were robbed from Judaism.
            This so Called maniac Mohammed has been a worrier and he was a very devastating and ruthless man who was fond of women and womanizing. That is why he had 13 wives officially and no one knows how many unofficially.
            He was such a terrible womanizer his last wife Ayesha was only 9 years when he made her wife,
            Eventually the womanizer was killed by a Jewish women who gave him poisoned meat platter.
            How can a person like Mohammed can preach a peace loving religion?
            That is why Islam is terrifying the entire world including killing among themselves.

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        Ralli Ameen,

        No, the Muslims cannot take a decision on that. I don’t have an issue with Wahabbism being taught in Saudi Arabia. The moment it transgresses Saudi, there is a problem because the punishment for apostasy in Islam is unlike any other religion today. So, we cannot and should not tolerate a fascist religion such as Islam to take root in countries other than Saudi Arabia.

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        Ralli Ameen,

        “Is Wahabism taught to Buddhist? It is only among Muslims and Muslims can take decision on that”

        Wahhabism is not taught to Buddhists, Shia and Sufis because they are more intelligent than those Satan following Muslims who follow Wahhabism-Salafism, such as in Saudi Arabia and low IQ pockets in Sri Lanka.

        Scholar from al-Azhar: Wahhabism is a Satanic Faith, the Horn of the Devil that Muhammad Predicted

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    Mr Harees did you read this News item fully. This is not a cooked news. Virakesari reported what BBs said in a press conference. If you want refer video recordings available at social media platforms.

    You guys writing from London without knowing the truth. Don’t create tamil-muslim trention through your writings. We are living here peacefully

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      Did you read this article fully. It talks of sensationalising the news by making a bold headline and not referring to the bbs interview in the headline. Most people form opinions based on headlines and do not read th whole article.
      Whether this writer resides in timbakto is not the question. The fact is it is these types of newspapers who are hampering the good relations between the two communities.

      Virakesari paper itself has now admitted their fault. Please study the issues in full before jumping to conclusions

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      Whether one is writing from London or Timbaktu is not the issue. It is what is written. The writer has referred to the Tamil media ; not the Tamil people. This is sensationalising the news to sell newspapers. creating bad feelings among people. Most people read only the headline and form opinions . These type of sensationalising will adversely affect the good relations between people- Tamil- Muslim or Muslim- Sinhalese.
      If you read the whole article, then you ill realize that journalism has been stooping to low tactics for commercial purposes .

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    Sometimes a man may commit a series of crimes, maybe of the same type or different types of crime. But rarely does the law punish a man for every crime that he committed. Usually, it manages to nab him for only one crime and sentence him to jail or hang him for that. In such circumstances people believe that the punishment serves for all the crimes that he committed. This is what happened in the case of Al Capone, the Chicago gangster.

    Gnanasara Thero was sentenced to jail for contempt of court but we can think of it as the punishment for Aluthgama too, because we all know that he will never be punished for what happened there. It was probably in that sense the Virakesari newspaper said that his sentencing was a Ramazan gift to the Muslims as they were the ones who were badly affected by the Aluthgama carnage.

    You must know how to interpret these things intelligently!

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      Newspapers are not read by the most intelligent only. It is read by all and sundrry. People interpret the article by reading the headlines first and then form opinions. Anyone who reads this article will interpret in a negative manner.
      If you know law, you will not say that in a way this is a punishment for aluthgama violence. It does not work that way. Many charges against him for anti Muslim hate incidents has gone to the back burner.

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    True indeed. Nowadays papers have lost their sense of purpose and stoops to anything which will sell their paper’s. Sex, racism included

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    There is ground for Lukman’s angst. However the reasons presented are somewhat trivial. This Siva Senai is a fringe. Ask a typical A/L student from a N&E school – the blank look is the answer. Compare this with the IS Jihadhism hold among Lankan Muslim A/L students.
    The Trinco ‘abhaya’ has had a resolution and so is better not to create fresh ripples.
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    The 2014Aluthgama incident through to the recent Kandy incident were pogroms. It is time for Lankan Muslim leaders to raise this as an issue with UNHRC.
    In Lukman’s words ~ “…………The Muslim political leadership is of course imbecile and impotent as it always has been, fending their own nests and guarding their ‘golden’ eggs……”.
    They are NOT imbeciles. One wonders as to whether Lukman has allowed himself to be used.
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    By the way, the Muslim Rohingyas chased away by the Burmese Junta are undergoing misery in Bangladesh refugee camps without food or a roof. Lankan Muslim leaders have not said one word.
    TGTE did!
    Et Tu Lukman?
    PS: Lukman please take the Veerakesari head line to the Press Complaints Council of Sri Lanka. (PCCSL) be to deal with the blatant violations by these offending media outlets promoting hatred will be left to be seen!

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    Wonder when Tamil newspapers are going to discuss the courage of an unknown Kaka to take up an administrative position to guide Hindus on their cultural values.

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    Only the animals and birds that inhabit the island are not racist, and therefore at peace. The humans are a different story, a pathetic lot always in strife. Why? Because they’re all frustrated with nothing going on in their lives, they create various stupid myths about their origins and so-called identities. Then they try to find meaning and a little excitement in their depressed lives by fighting over such fictions. But inevitably they fail and become even more confused and desperate.
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    Come on people. Politics is not the only game in town. Making money is not the sole purpose of coming into this world. Turn off the vapid Sri Lankan TV and throw away the witless print media. Just relax. Listen to good music. Read a real book – not the trash called religious texts. Take a walk in nature. Free your mind of all negativity and hatred. Have fun at least for a brief period in your life …….. before you pass into oblivion soon.
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    Time is running out.
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    Hope I didn’t make you feel even more desolate and push you over the edge.

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    Newspapers are not read by the most intelligent only. It is read by all and sundrry. People interpret the article by reading the headlines first and then form opinions. Anyone who reads this article will interpret in a negative manner.
    If you know law, you will not say that in a way this is a punishment for aluthgama violence. It does not work that way. Many charges against him for anti Muslim hate incidents has gone to the back burner.

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    Lukman Harees either taking turn to Hilmi, Usuf turns to become a Muslim extremist writer, or being and idiot who cannot even read the Heading on Veerakesari and writing an analysis on that. Lukman Harees did not attempt to verify who edited that news, but when he sees something in Tamil, twisting his own tail and jumping up and down. That is simply showing his pretentious Hypocrisy behavior against Tamils.
    The drama he acting is that he doesn’t know Muslims’ mother tongue is also Tamil. After all if he tries to divide Tamil media into two as Muslims and Hindu, but there is no Hindu Media in Lankawe or Jaffna that brings general News. There no “Telugu Madras Hindu” anywhere in Ceylon. But there are many Exclusively Muslims Only news and popular ones are Vidivelli. JaffanaMuslim.com……like that. Thinakural is Not Hindu Media at all. Valampuri Editor is a Hindu bend. In Total Veerakesari is Muslim Media. There almost all reporters and writers are Muslims. Veerakesari is part of Colombo Media. The guy if he read the spelling error on the word “Prize” he will know the news was not composed by Tamil and a Tamil never writes that kind of Tamil. This was drafted by apparently a Muslim and it’s there celebration of Gnanam put in Prison. No Tamils or Media, as Lukman Harees, is part taking or celebrating any victory on anything. To write an anti-Tamil heading like “ Anti-Muslim Hate: Tamil Media Joins In! Media Ethics Thrown To The Winds! Lukman Harees is a rotten comedian.
    Gnanam is openly acting against Muslim Ministers and he was against Aanduwa for labelling that “LTTE chased Muslims out of Wilpattu” and assigning those forests to Muslims to settle.

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      Did you read this article fully. It talks of sensationalising the news by making a bold headline and not referring to the bbs interview in the headline. Most people form opinions based on headlines and do not read th whole article.
      Whether this writer resides in timbakto is not the question. The fact is it is these types of newspapers who are hampering the good relations between the two communities.

      Virakesari paper itself has now admitted their fault. Please study the issues in full before jumping to conclusions

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      This refers to Tamil media and not Tamil. People. Whether a Tamil or a Muslim wrote is not the issue. It is what is written. Both. Tamil and Muslims have lived in harmony for a long time. There is no adverse reference to Tamil people in this article. It is these types of sensationalising news that creates problems.

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    From 1948 there were annual evets of killing of Tamils as Pogroms, but not one was arrested. Even yesterday a drunkard police shot a Tamil youth, witnesses know the police who fired it, but Anduwas has arrest five Tamil by standers as started the trouble. Even in Vidya’s case the Colombo politicians who funded for the rape Video taking or the Police who saved the criminal or even the DNA matching of the rapist is not submitted to court but few Tamil are convicted as the murderers. Sandhya’s husband was kidnapped, tortured, murdered and body was fed into something that cannot be traced back. The concoction was Gnanam went against a judge only because he was siding with a woman her husband sided with Tamil. This is really a story behind a story. I don’t know over whose eyes Lukman wants to pull his wool if he not ready to openly explain why Aanduwa cannot punish so many guys involved her husband death but can punish Gnanam but he did verbal abuse only one time? So it is common feeling when Arabian Commission is working hard Gnanam was punished for his anti-Islam activities but the fault was put on Sandhya because if Appe Aanduwa tells that they took bribes from Arabians and punished a Monk, today itself they will go home.
    Now He is connecting Thinakural and Siva Senai and writing Tamil Main Media join Anti-Muslimism Campaign. Before I get into that, Can ask this a question; can these writers write an essay forgetting LTTE bashing in the explanation for all government set up pogroms? Can he name a Sinhala or Muslim Media or a Sinhala or Muslim writer not playing this dirty game? He is thinking he is too smart and he is pulling his wool on all eyes. Thinakural did nothing wrong but it applied for insensitiveness. Can Lukman attach here a link ever a Sinhala Media had apologized for any of their anti-Tamil racism wring anytime in history?

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    He is calling Muslims were victims and Thinakural an anti-Muslims Media created these victims. Does this ignorant knows the education department agreed at that point that the Hindu school, like all Muslims, Buddhist and Christians schools has the grounds to maintain its “Customs”, even if it were nationalized and brought under Buddhist extremists government? When Hakeem and Rishard wrote and open letter to Sampanthar he openly said that he did not want any new cultural change imposed on Hindu Tamil and everybody had to follow their customs. So Hakeem and Rishard accepted that and did not publish another reply for that. Then why this hypocrite War for Peace Writer is opening that again?
    He wants to have the Siva Senai included in the Tamil Main Media discussion but wants to have discounted Muslim Political parties as they only protect their families golden eggs. If he wants to include Siva Senai into the Muslim managed Veerakesari in the name “Tamil Main Media”, can we call Lukman as the strategist of ISIS? But what Muslims media and their Social Media did during Hindu school protest? They photographed Tamil teachers’ saris and labeled them as low class women. It was ok for these guys saying and writing anything as long as if they can allow entering a Hindu schools and molester their culture. There may were times asked, if those Muslim teachers want only wear Abaya, why the education department was not ready to transfer them to Colombo Visaka Girls School and why those teachers were asking transfer a Buddhist girls school. There was no reply for that from Aanduwa or from Lukman class writers.
    If Muslims, Tamils and Sinhalese are to feel that it was not the Arabian bribe worked in the Parliament but the Justice took its cause, why Gnanam only punished but none of the many cases mentioned by Nagananda and Susanthika? Why Eknaligoda’s murderers still enjoying high position and living a filthy life?

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    I clearly remember the TNA Leader Mr Sampathar, telling a Journalist, ” Leave the Muslims to Me”, when asked by the Journalist whether Mr Sampathar discussed the plight of the Muslims , when Sampathar went to see the then President Rajapaksa to discuss Rajapaksa’s promise to give 13A Plus.
    That was soon after Nanthikadal ,
    And President Rajapaksa could have got the great majority to agree to any deal which was fair and reasonable for all inhabitants.
    But that was all spoiled by You know Who…..Don’t You?..
    Muslims want to have the cake and eat it too..
    Don’t they?.

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    Lukman Harees and others who criticize the news paper are missing the point and not reading behind the head line .

    Lukman Harees “… “ONLY” jailed for abusive behaviour against a sitting judge, contempt of court, charges of causing criminal harassment and intimidation and fear under the Penal code ,and for abusing and threatening Ms. Sandya Ekneliyagoda. “

    But what Virakesari is saying is that the Muslims at large are glad he is behind the bars for what ever reason…and consider it as a Ramadan gift”

    there is a proverb “..blessing in disguise”..

    for you to go to town with your pen that this is an anti Muslim islamaphobia by the Tamils only goes to show that you Muslims are looking for every opportunity and turning every stone to find “anti Muslim Islamophobia” and blame everything on “anti Muslim Islamophobia”

    Take a break my dear friend instead of behaving like a cry baby

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    “Muslims are aliens who should leave the Island if they cannot fall in line with the religious beliefs of the majority- Buddhists and Hindus.”- Exactly!!!!!!
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    In the West (Europe, Canada, America, Australia, etc) , it’s MUSLIM Pakistanis and MUSLIM Bangladeshis who own and run “Indian food restaurants” but those Muslims don’t sell beef or eat beef out of respect for HINDUS.
    On the hand, MUSLIMS in Sri Lanka will go berserk and throw hissy fits if they are told to not eat beef.
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    Muslim politicians and Muslim organizations have insisted for years of imprisonment of great Gnanasara thero and they got it, the day before, as a gift for their Ramazan.

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    Mr. Lukman Harees . Muslim women switching from their national costume, in the case of the Tamil Muslims of Sri Lanka , the saree with the end covering the head,. to the abaya is the sign that their menfolk have embraced the creed of the militant form of political Islam of Wahhabi origin a.k.a. the Taliban, the ISIS and the likes. The patent argument worldwide by these elements in defence of this switch to the Abaya is: One is free to dress like they want. This argument has been rejected by many European countries, and the Abaya (and the Nikab/Burkha) have been banned by law. Some elements have also argued that these items of clothing are religious expression. Of course, one is free to express their religion, but in a Hindu school, no other religion has a place for expression and why did these teachers who were wearing the traditional Tamil Muslim saree with their head covered , switch to the Arab Abaya . Sri Lankan Muslims are immigrant Dravidian Tamil Hindu converts from South India and only arrived in the east as refugees a few centuries ago. Now aggressively in the name of Wahhabism and Arabism , with encouragement and funds obtained from certain Gulf states and Pakistan, are trying to steal the east from the native Tamil Hindus, whose ancestors gave them refuge. If you want to be a Wahhabi and claim Arab heritage you have no place in the island, however is you want to claim your true Tamil Islamic Sufi origin and heritage, you have place in the island and in the Tamil east.

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    The media has revealed the Truth! This is what Muslims wanted and that had been gifted on the Ramadan day as the govt. is slavering Muslims.
    Why grumble so much for exposing the truth?

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    Sad that Buddhists and Hindus majority of there people are earning a living and feed there families by working in middle eastern countries where 100% muslims.Still they envy muslims & islam.Muslims are after all these are still humble & generous towards humankind regardless of faith & background.But still you find majority of the poor people are muslims. Despite all these we are tolerating.Truth will prevail,We will withstand any oppression,injustice & pressures.Thats the very reason islam spreads & gorws in the world.

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    Weerakesari daily departed from fundamental of journalism specially Muslims are patronising this daily they as usual by this news tried to create a problem.
    Whatever they say all Tamil Muslim political parties all groups should keep in mind at present in Sri Lanka we minorities should unite fight for our rights . Every one think racially .
    Unless our leaders all others shoud unite irrespective of our patty difference s
    Otherwise our future we can expect a Sri Lanka dividend having troubles throughout .
    Tamil media journalist have to play more role educating Tamils Muslims

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    Muslims are suffering from virakesari phobia

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