15 December, 2017

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BBC Sinhala Head Suspended: Non Sinhala Bosses Appointed, Liyanage’s Reports On Frances Harison’s Documentary Removed From BBC Web

Head of the BBC Sinhala Service, Priyath Liyanage, has been suspended, the Colombo Telegraph can exclusively reveal today.

A non-Sinhala outsider has been specially appointed to look after all BBC Sinhala Service activities for the first time of its history and the Sinhala Service staff has been informed about Priyath Liyanage’s suspension in writing, the Colombo Telegraph learns.

Priyath Liyanage

Priyath Liyanage

Unprecedentedly, the BBC Sinhala Service reporters have been asked to translate all their reports into English to be checked by higher authorities.

The Colombo Telegraph sent an email to the BBC Press office [worldservice.press@bbc.co.uk] asking several questions related to the suspension of its head of Sinhala Service. Strangely, the message we received said: “Delivery has failed”.

Early this year the BBC Sinhala head was sent to follow a BBC course on Journalistic ethics after he was caught giving letters of recommendation to Sri Lanka government to approve interest free loans  to his deputy Chandana Keerthi Bandara and to the  Colombo reporter Elmo Fernando.

Colombo Telegraph reliably learns that the Sandesya programs related to Frances Harrison‘s recent BBC documentary on Sri Lanka have been removed from the BBC website after investigations.

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    You can lie and hide some times not all the times

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      Pasel,

      “You can lie and hide some times not all the times”

      Yes, but if the culprit is dead by the time the facts come out, then there is no need to hide.

      Religions and Mythology has been doing this for along time, and still doing it today.

      So this guy Piyath Liyanage ( Wring House) comes from a very long tradition, needs to be sent for more retraining.

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        lol what r u telling ?, completely unrelated.

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          This guy must have been acting as a propaganda arm of the Sinhala chauvinist regime of Sri Lanka, and not reporting truthfully.

          Otherwise why do they need English translations to verify the truthfulness of reports? Not only that, all Sinhala reporters were also not trusted. Does it say something? They are all in it together!
          That is the main cause for his suspension.

          Recommendation for loans is only a minor aspect of his unethical reporting.

          Doesn’t it rig a bell about all the stooge media reporters of the MARa junta in Sri Lanka?

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          IOSalli,

          “lol what r u telling ?, completely unrelated.”

          Let me decode for you.

          1. The BBC Sinhala Service employees cannot be trusted, even though the last name was Liyana-ge, translated to coming from the Writing House, the House of scribes, even after re-training, and need to be supervised by a non-Sinhala.( The Soulbury commission did the mistake of trusting the Sinhala Buddhists, without sufficient checks and balances, and see the mess Ceylon or Sri Lanka is currently in, not a nation, a family hegemony.)

          2. Since the current regime in Sri Lanka has the habit of buying our journalists, and turning them into Shills of the regime, and even after retraining,it is hard to trust the Sinhala writers and journalists. ( See what is happening at Ceylon Daily news and other Shill Publications). Therefore, avoid them, and closely supervise their work. It is analogous to employing a bunch of thieves by a shopkeeper, need to be on the look out constantly.

          3. It is question of growing up. The Sinhala journalist need to grow up, and therefore the need for re-training, and need to further evolve, so that he will not lie and commit fraud.

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          IOSalli,

          IOSalli,

          “lol what r u telling ?, completely unrelated.”

          Let me decode for you.

          1. The BBC Sinhala Service employees cannot be trusted, even though the last name was Liyana-ge, translated to coming from the Writing House, the House of scribes, even after re-training, and need to be supervised by a non-Sinhala.( The Soulbury commission did the mistake of trusting the Sinhala Buddhists, without sufficient checks and balances, and see the mess Ceylon or Sri Lanka is currently in, not a nation, a family hegemony.)

          2. Since the current regime in Sri Lanka has the habit of buying our journalists, and turning them into Shills of the regime, and even after retraining,it is hard to trust the Sinhala writers and journalists. ( See what is happening at Ceylon Daily news and other Shill Publications). Therefore, avoid them, and closely supervise their work. It is analogous to employing a bunch of thieves by a shopkeeper, need to be on the look out constantly.

          3. It is question of growing up. The Sinhala journalist need to grow up, and therefore the need for re-training, and need to further evolve, so that he will not lie and commit fraud.

          Ep2: Designed and Designoid Objects – Growing Up in the Univers

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGyh1Qsw-Ak

          Oxford professor Richard Dawkins presents a series of lectures on life, the universe, and our place in it.

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        The best news of the century , Better late than never. A big bouquet of flowers to whoever took this decision . This is one man who has done enough damage to SL.

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          absolutely you are well correct SAROJINI, this guy done lots of damages to our mother country SRI LANKA, well said

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      It is like same as Wander land,

      They follow The footsteps of RUPAVAHINI, SL BC ethics.

      See, men, Why you all not Be proud of our Media SPORKS men, Maadia minister and Ministry,
      now they are learning from Our State Media to how to maintain media ethics.

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    Priyantha Liyanage’s service – either it is for LTTE or for the Sri Lankan govt – was all for money.

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      He is an identical twin of you Jim puppa

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    Good job Sri Lankan govt and LTTE RUMP living in the UK.

    Screwed up Priyantha Liyanage.

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      Priyantha screwed himself, he wasn’t forced to use his position to extract favors.

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    Bloody hell.Freedom of speech,press freedom all going down the toilet.Thank god the crappy BBC was taken off the air by SLBC.The government should immediately deport the BBC fraudsters operating from Srilanka.

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      BBC tries to maintain its credibility. We Sri Lankans take short cuts and our president, politicians are corrupted so we are corrupted. We can’t practice our same bullshit it western countries. Great thing is BBC gave a chance to Liyanage. Our guys are soaked with corruptions and favors. So he was kicked out. He can come to SL and join other crooks.

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      Mad max

      Where are you ? Are you in a mental hospital? Your rantings are not making any sense.

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    BBC is a joke . just like the Cam MORAN .

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      Yes Abaya, Jim, and all Ghota kickers, BBC is a joke. Rupavahini is great… Ha ha…

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        [Edited out]

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        ha ha HA Rupavahini is great. Well he will be rewarded there for singing lies @ the BBC.

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          Daily lies is the best.

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            This Abhaya buruwa is one another ass licker. Perhaps an another Silva who similar to Mervin :) I really dont know having lived on the west, why guys of that sort still see any good in Rajapakshe rule.

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      Any bullshit GU from Suddas is tastey for this fellow .anura

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    Freedom of the journalists at its best!

    “… the BBC Sinhala Service reporters have been asked to translate all their reports into English to be checked by higher authorities.”

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      Media freedom from the high priests of free media

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    BBC hypocrisy at it’s best !

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    Priyath Liyanage,was trained in Sri Lanka, and following “normal”, Sri Lankan Ethics.

    “Early this year the BBC Sinhala head was sent to follow a BBC course on Journalistic ethics after he was caught giving letters of recommendation to Sri Lanka government to approve interest free loans to his deputy Chandana Keerthi Bandara and to the Colombo reporter Elmo Fernando”

    So, the BBC recognized the Ethics problem, and sent for retraining. Unfortunately, it is not correctable.

    The same may be said about Sinhala Buddhist Racism for some or many, as well as about Tamil Racism for some or many, the core problem in Sri Lanka.

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      Amarassiriya is a jihadi

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        I an no muslim -Sinhala Buddhist,

        Let me decode for you so that you can understand the issue at hand. Ethics.

        1. The BBC Sinhala Service employees cannot be trusted, even though the last name was Liyana-ge, translated to coming from the Writing House, the House of scribes, even after re-training, and need to be supervised by a non-Sinhala.( The Soulbury commission did the mistake of trusting the Sinhala Buddhists, without sufficient checks and balances, and see the mess Ceylon or Sri Lanka is currently in, not a nation, a family hegemony.)

        2. Since the current regime in Sri Lanka has the habit of buying our journalists, and turning them into Shills of the regime, and even after retraining,it is hard to trust the Sinhala writers and journalists. ( See what is happening at Ceylon Daily news and other Shill Publications). Therefore, avoid them, and closely supervise their work. It is analogous to employing a bunch of thieves by a shopkeeper, need to be on the look out constantly.

        3. It is question of growing up. The Sinhala journalist need to grow up, and therefore the need for re-training, and need to further evolve, so that he will not lie and commit fraud.

        Ep2: Designed and Designoid Objects – Growing Up in the Univers

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGyh1Qsw-Ak

        Oxford professor Richard Dawkins presents a series of lectures on life, the universe, and our place in it.

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        I an no Muslim – Sinhala Buddhist,

        Be Enlightened. Here are some re fences for your Edification. Just painting Children’s books at Daham Pasela(School) will not get you there.

        http://www.amazon.com/Buddhism-For-Dummies-Jonathan-Landaw/dp/111802379X/ref=sr_1_14?ie=UTF8&qid=1384714794&sr=8-14&keywords=Buddhism

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          Change your name. Amaraya to Ahamad

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    Disgrace. There are many good journalists in Srilanka(unfortunately most of them are UNAVAILABLE) find one of them.

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      De-vine

      What about your beloved CH4 friend? HE will do the best fro your Peelum Dream!!!!!!!!!!!

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    BBC is now owned and operated by the Anglican Church. BBC Sinhala Service is now known as BBC Parangi Service.

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    A lesson for others, whether it be Journalist or ANYONE, IF u dont toe the line for the BRTIS, you are NOT one of US…

    Infamous BUsh saying.. either u r with us or with the others…Ironically Blair was Bush’s lap dog…

    And Cameron states he took BBC , ITV and C4 to Jaffna coz they are the ones with ethics.. OH pls

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      They do have the ‘ethics’ of Judith Miller, the NYT ‘journalist’ who was sacked post-Iraq war.

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    Atleast by now all concerned SHOULD know, if you sleep with dogs, u wake up with flees

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    At least the BBC, maintained by tax payers money, should now accept the total responsibility for permitting this man to use the BBC serve the despot Mahinda Rajapakse regime, by suppressing the truthful reporting.

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    ” Colombo Telegraph reliably learns that the Sandesya programs related to Frances Harrison‘s recent BBC documentary on Sri Lanka have been removed from the BBC website after investigations.”

    Could we know the reason ? Was it a fabrication, a concoction by the LTTE rump ?

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      Ram means an uncastrated male sheep.

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    Why don’t you publish the Email Colombo Telegraph sent to BBC. Maybe if that Email (worldservice.press@bbc.co.uk)isnot functioning it maybe that BBC is reading this website. So make the questions public. Then they will have to react to that.

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    This means the Govt. of Sri Lanka not only buys local journalists.

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    half way of the BBC running by the LTTE money,…ex;— CH4 ,…..SHAME

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    “The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones,” William Shakespeare.

    The speed with which websites ran off with Priyath’s suspension says volume for the kind of journalists from Sri Lanka who use their pen to dicredit their opponents or those whom they see as more successful than them. Commentators too ran way with knee-jerk response. Envy and jealousy are the pitfalls which prevent them practising journalistic ethics.

    BBC still has not broadcast or published anything on the matter.

    If BBC indeed sent him on an ethics course according to CT,who is the source?

    Sri Lanka section of the BBC World Service is riddled with cut-throatism and rivalry.

    Until investigations are carried please do not cast aspersions at a very senior and intrepid journalist who worked under immense pressue. Priyath is well respected at the BBC and his reporting has been impartial. Along with Chandana and Elmo,BBC Sinhala Service was very brave in reporting the ethnic conflict often during the most difficult times.

    So please wait till you have enough proof the said dubious deal was done intentionally contravening regulations before you utter anyhting.

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    Chandana Keerthi Bandara was one of the translators for the latest Francis Harrison film, Sri Lanka’s unfinished War. Could it be anything to do with this?

    BTW
    Who said this in September 2008?

    “All BBC staff must work to the BBC’s editorial guidelines – the most comprehensive book of broadcasting ethics in the world and the template for many other public service broadcasters around the globe. These insist that all BBC journalists must produce high quality news and information that is impartial, fair, balanced, accurate, and editorially independent. All values, especially impartially and editorial independence, are non-negotiable”

    Clue – (BBC’s loss, National Health Service’s Gain)





    Answer:
    Priyath Liyanage
    http://tinyurl.com/aluddjy

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    This Bastard who acts like he is holy should have been sacked long ago. This COCK sucker treats SINHALESE the same. I once met him and he was arguing about SRI LANKA. GOOD THAT HE IS JOBLESS NOW

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    Don’t get carried away with Nonis. I have to admit he spoke very well and is well ahead of all the riff raff that speak out from time to time as govt. spokespersons, and that too in an uncouth uninformed way. However Nonis did not give truthful answers and didn’t answer the questions posed to him. We are not a democratic country at the moment. Lets not live in denial.

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      I can see that you’ll die believing hypocritical neocons. Good for you gullible.

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