23 April, 2024


Dialog Unblocked Colombo Telegraph For Dhanapala To Address A Public Meeting

Dialog one of Sri Lanka’s key telecommunications providers, which had been surreptitious blocking access to Colombo Telegraph, over a period of time has lifted the illegal ban on Colombo Telegraph for its Director Jayantha Dhanapala to give a speech in a public meeting, the Colombo Telegraph can reveal today.


Screenshot yesterday by a CT reader who uses Dialog

“I’m able to access CT via my iPhone today (dialog). Hadn’t been able to for a while” a Colombo Telegraph reader has sent us a message yesterday. Another reader messaged “Now the CT is not blocked, who did this?Jayantha D?”

Dhanpala, member of the Board of Directors, Dialog Axiata PLC, key co-signatory of the Friday Forum and much sought after resource person for workshops, seminars and conferences on good governance, was a speaker at the BASL summoned Public Forum on the vesting of Police Powers on the Army Navy and Air Force and the break down of the Rule of Law situation yesterday. “Dialog unblocked the CT to avoid questions and embarrassment ” sources within the Dialog told Colombo Telegraph.

“Dhanapala and Dialog Axiata PLC must explain why they have blocked Colombo Telegraph” readers within the Dialog told Colombo Telegraph.

The Dialog Axiata PLC’s 2013 annual report  is clear that: “The Board has separate and independent access to the Group’s Senior Management… ..The directors, especially non-executive directors, have access to independent professional advice in the course of fulfilling their responsibilities, at the Company’s expense.”

Dhanapala is an “Independent, non-executive” director of Dialog, and would in accordance with company policy, have “independent access to the group’s senior management,” and also “professional advice,” on the legal status of the blocking.

When contacted for comment on the ‘aims and objectives’ of the Friday Forum, a prominent member replied that it was committed to supporting the “rule of law,” “freedom of information and expression,” and  “an independent media.”

While Colombo Telegraph has no direct information of the quantum of compensation Dialog pays Jayantha Dhanapala, the 2013 annual report of lists an amount in excess of 76 million Rupees, as directors compensation for the entire board of 8 members, who meet 7 times a year.

Colombo Telegraph is being blocked by all internet service providers and mobile networks – private and state owned – in Sri Lanka.

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Jayantha Dhanapala Is A Liar; Caught Lying Over Silence On Colombo Telegraph Blocking

Jayaratne Says Dhanapala Will Stand By Best Practices, Dhanapala Pussyfoots On Illegal Web Blocking

Article 19 Slams Ban On Colombo Telegraph Website

Dialog Board Director And Friday Forum Member Jayantha Dhanapala Fails To Stop CT Blockade On Dialog Network

Dhanapala May Be Influenced By Large Payment He Receives From Dialog – Professor Kumar David

‘Dhanapala’s Position Ethically Untenable’ Says Dr. Pradeep Jeganathan

Sara Says ‘Dhanapala – WebBlocking’ Issue Needs To Be Resolved Within The Framework Of Good Governance

Subtle Business Interests More Damaging Than Anti–Democratic Regime: Dhanapala Should Answer Conflict Of Interest Questions – Dr. Nirmal Ranjith

Sri Lanka Blocks Websites And The President Lies On Twitter

Once Again Colombo Telegraph Blocked; Dialog And Etisalat Tamper DNS Responses 

TRC Blocks Colombo Telegraph, Warns Service Providers To Maintain It’s A ‘Technical Glitch’

Colombo Telegraph Blocked, How To Reach Us Now: Sri Lanka Telecom And Mobitel Joins The DPI Club!

Sri Lankan Govt. Periodically Blocked Colombo Telegraph In 2013: US Human Rights Report

History of Colombo Telegraph blocking

First -December 26, 2011 – We are blocked but we will not be stopped

Second – May 8, 2012 – Colombo Telegraph Blocked Again

Third – March 29, 2013  – Sri Lanka Blocks Colombo Telegraph and Selected Tweets: Colombo Telegraph Unblocked

Fourth – August 23, 2013 – Colombo Telegraph Blocked, How To Reach Us Now: Sri Lanka Telecom And Mobitel Joins The DPI Club!

Other attempts 

October 26, 2012 – Colombo Telegraph Was Hacked

August 9, 2012 ColomboTelegraph Password Cracking Attempt Blocked

Freedom House Report: Freedom On The Net 2012, Sri Lanka Is A Country At Risk

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  • 6

    Danapala caught pants down

    • 1

      Next time Dialog blocks websites at the bidding of the Mahinda Rajapaksa military dictatorship in Sri Lanka, civil society should protest outside the Dialog officers and boycott dialog telephone and TV.

      Business ethics do not exist in Sri Lanka today. This is clear from the way networks among big business, MONEY POLITICS and corrupt civil society individuals.

      • 1

        We are a miracle even among well known Banana Republics.

        There is nothing left in Sri Lanka. There are no laws or institutions.

        Except a corrupt, gigantic family clan drunk with unlimited power. Their cronies and henchmen feeding on bread crumbs, falling off the clan table.

        The Clan, their cronies and henchmen call all the shots as they please.

        TRC Chairman and a compliant Dialog board among established circle of privileged cronies.

        I am afraid Dr. Dhanapala will have his name tarnished for good unless he takes clear public stand on this matter.


    • 3

      Do not Say lies.

      Anthaha Dhanapala Did not wear any Pants.

      How come his pants come down, whereas he was not wearing any.

      He was Naked Like his Bosses in the government!!!!!!

  • 5

    Jayantha Dhanapala, realizes he has no clothes? No connectivity to CT

    “Dialog one of Sri Lanka’s key telecommunications providers, which had been surreptitious blocking access to Colombo Telegraph, over a period of time has lifted the illegal ban on Colombo Telegraph for its Director Jayantha Dhanapala to give a speech in a public meeting, the Colombo Telegraph can reveal today.”

    “I’m able to access CT via my iPhone today (dialog). Hadn’t been able to for a while” a Colombo Telegraph reader has sent us a message yesterday. Another reader messaged “Now the CT is not blocked, who did this?Jayantha D?”

    DeJa Vu… Have seen it before.


    The Emperor’s New Clothes is a Danish fairy tale written by Hans Christian Andersen and first published in 1837, as part of Eventyr, Fortalte for Born (Fairy Tales, Told for Children). It was originally known as Keiserens Nye Klæder.

    Plot synopsis

    Many years ago there lived an emperor who cared only about his clothes and about showing them off. One day he heard from two swindlers that they could make the finest suit of clothes from the most beautiful cloth. This cloth, they said, also had the special capability that it was invisible to anyone who was either stupid or not fit for his position.

    Being a bit nervous about whether he himself would be able to see the cloth, the emperor first sent two of his trusted men to see it. Of course, neither would admit that they could not see the cloth and so praised it. All the townspeople had also heard of the cloth and were interested to learn how stupid their neighbors were.

    The emperor then allowed himself to be dressed in the clothes for a procession through town, never admitting that he was too unfit and stupid to see what he was wearing. For he was afraid that the other people would think that he was stupid.

    Of course, all the townspeople wildly praised the magnificent clothes of the emperor, afraid to admit that they could not see them, until a small child said:

    “But he has nothing on”!

    This was whispered from person to person until everyone in the crowd was shouting that the emperor had nothing on. The emperor heard it and felt that they were correct, but held his head high and finished the procession.

    It has been claimed that Andersen’s original source was a Spanish story recorded by Don Juan Manuel (1282-1348).

    This story of the little boy puncturing the pretensions of the emperor’s court has parallels from other cultures, categorized as Aarne-Thompson folktale type 1620.

    The expressions The Emperor’s new clothes and The Emperor has no clothes are often used with allusion to Andersen’s tale. Most frequently, the metaphor involves a situation wherein the overwhelming (usually unempowered) majority of observers willingly share in a collective ignorance of an obvious fact, despite individually recognising the absurdity. A similar twentieth-century metaphor is the Elephant in the room.

    The story is also used to express a concept of “truth seen by the eyes of a child”, an idea that truth is often spoken by a person too naïve to understand group pressures to see contrary to the obvious. This is a general theme of “purity within innocence” throughout Andersen’s fables and many similar works of literature.

    “The Emperor Wears No Clothes” or “The Emperor Has No Clothes” is often used in political and social contexts for any obvious truth denied by the majority despite the evidence of their eyes, especially when proclaimed by the government. Amazon.com alone lists 17 works with one of these two phrases in the title, and this ignores political magazine articles and non-mainstream authors

  • 2

    Why even have a bloke like Dhanapala?? Should not a joker of his sort be in some Pradeshiya Sabha? Dialog, we are disappointed with you!

    • 1

      Wathsala ,

      Guess, Jayantha Dhanapals is not qualified?

      They need rapists, more than liars, I guess.

  • 2

    This is good news. But still Dhanapala owes an explanation to Friday Forum supporters and Colombo Telegraph (CT) readers as to the position he took on the issue of conflict of interest raised by the CT.

  • 2

    Jayantha Dhanapala is finished in my book. So also Friday Forum, which is revealed as nothing but a group of pompous seat warmers. It is also time that Hans Wijesuriya resigned due to his lack of guts to stand up for what is right.

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