The Daily Mirror which took a extremist Buddhist position on the riots in Aluthgama and Beruwala in June continues its streak of promoting Buddhist nationalism and racism in the country.
Editor Liyanarachi who is alleged to be on intimate terms with JHU Minister Champika Ranawaka who regularly makes racially charged remarks against Muslims and Christians has published comments by Elle Gunawansa a monk well known to be hardline and racist towards minorities in a reaction to statements from the Dalai Lama urging Buddhists in Sri Lanka and Myanmar to stop violence against Muslims in their countries.
Gunewansa is believed to have been an instrumental figure in the July 1983 riots targeting Tamil people in Sri Lanka.
Under the heading “Dalai Lama statement misleading: PNM” the Daily Mirror newspaper said that while expressing displeasure on the statement issued by Most Ven. Dalai Lama on Sri Lankan Buddhists, Patriotic National Movement (PNM) Chairman Ven. Elle Gunawansa Thera on Monday said Dalai Lama has been misled on how Muslims were being treated in Sri Lanka.
“There is a conspiracy against Sri Lanka. International efforts have also tried their best to tarnish the image of Sri Lanka in the past many decades and are becoming more aggressive. These sinister motives are to discredit and tarnish the image of Sri Lanka and if possible to destroy it,” Gunawansa has said according to the Daily Mirror report.
Shockingly the newspaper has failed to carry the statement of the Dalai Lama in full anywhere in the newspaper although almost all other newspapers in Sri Lanka have printed the Spiritual Leader’s remarks. The Dalai Lama’s statement however appears on the Daily Mirror news website.
Liyanarachchi’s actions to turn the Daily Mirror newspaper which is widely read by minorities in Sri Lanka as the country’s largest daily English paper into a nationalist pro JHU pro Sinhala hardline newspaper remain unaccounted for.