29 May, 2023


CID, CERT Probe Lake House Facebook Controversy: Director In Hot Water

Following Colombo Telegraph’s revelation on the current state of affairs at the Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) launched an investigation, today, into a derogatory Facebook profile damaging the reputation of the state-run newspaper company.


The management of the company, lodging a complaint with the CID this morning, said the Facebook profile had caused a financial damage to the company’s business operations, by tarnishing its reputation and spreading false news about the company. In addition, it has also directed personal insults at the members of the Lake House senior management and its staff members.

CERT, an expert group that handles computer security incidents in Sri Lanka, will provide technical assistance to the CID team handling the investigation.

Colombo Telegraph exclusively reported that a derogatory Facebook page, allegedly run by a Director of the company, has created a heated situation among the members of the company’s senior management. Evidence has been found to suspect that a member of the Director board had written derogatory posts for the Facebook page by the name of ‘Lake House aaraksha karanno’.

This comes in the wake of the government’s move to change the management of the Lake House. It has been revealed that a new Chairman and a new board of directors would be appointed from next month, to streamline the operations of the company.

Current Chairman Kavan Ratnayaka has reportedly informed the President and the Prime Minister that he does not wish to continue in his position and he will fully support the transition. Dr. Emerick Fernando, Sirimevan Dias, Saman Wagaarachchi and Lakshman Hewapanna are the current members of the Lake House Director Board.

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  • 4

    why isn’t lake house getting rid of this menace wagaarachchi?

  • 3

    Not only Waga, Dias and Hewapanne are also responsible. Check their computers and you will see the arakshakayo stuff :P

  • 2

    Cert will certainly do more than what they have with lake House, a lot of innocent people who were tarnished without a reason with lies,mostly due to racial,bigotry hate,revenge ,prejudice and jealousy ,even among family and so-called hypocritical friends and religious fanatics may soon be able to file damages.

    Super job CERT. Please be firm and don’t let any authority interfere especially like in past regime, unfortunately the government has a few high ranks with not so good reputation who might try to block and favour friends Please don’t let down Our President and the innocent Cyber victims

    Very proud of CERT.

  • 1

    It is shocking,disugting and heartbreaking to see the depicted images after Photoshoping with parts of porn Stars of decent extremely young girls and women from good background and among female politicians of the past and present ,the wives,sisters etc of The innocent common man as well as politicians.

    Only CT can expose these and hope they do,they are welaware of it. Let’s see how good their policy of good journalism stands,so if they have.

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