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Dilemma Of Those In Exile Continues: Frederica Jansz Speaks Out

The dilemma faced by journalists and others who fled the country during the Rajapaksa regime continues, as the new government has been inactive on facilitating the return of those in exile beyond making mere verbal claims.

Frederica Jansz

Frederica Jansz

An example of the reluctance in the minds of those in exile, to return to Sri Lanka is reflected in the comment made by former Editor of Sunday Leader, Frederica Jansz on the reasons why she believes it is risky for her to return.

She fled the country after she was sacked from her post as Editor-in-Chief when the paper was bought over by a Rajapaksa stooge. Jansz speaking to Colombo Telegraph points to the court cases filed against her during her tenure as the Editor of Sunday Leader among which, in one case, a bench warrant had been issued after her departure from Sri Lanka.

“Police went to my house in Sri Lanka with the warrant, finding me not at home they asked my mother and ex-husband to come to the Mount Lavinia police station. They had been informed that if I was to ever return to Sri Lanka I would be arrested at the Immigration,” she says.

She also points to the legal complications involved with her return under her present circumstances, as the passports of her elder son and hers have expired in 2014.

“Neither do we have our Green cards yet, which would enable us to travel. According to US law and based on the fact that we claimed political asylum, we would only be allowed a two-week visit to Sri Lanka. If we wished to stay longer we would have to revoke our Green Cards and citizenship in the US,” she states and adds, “What do we go back to? Our family was split into three when we were forced to flee. The children and I were terribly traumatized and they have only just settled. . . What guarantee of a job would I have if I were to return?”

The former Editor also expressed concern over the safety of her life, pointing out that many believe she was a key-figure in Sarath Fonseka’s jail term extension.

“After all, Sarath Fonseka and his supporters believe that I was key in extending his jail term. Will I be safe?” she said.

Furthermore, she refers to the Rs. one million she is due to pay as damages ordered by the Court in her absence and any legal representation, and the complaints made to the CID by Sajin Vaas Gunawardena and Asanga Seneviratne against her for threatening the life of Mahinda Rajapaksa, based on fictitious and unfounded claims.

“There are also existing court cases against me initiated by Thilanga Sumathipala who allegedly told former Publisher Lal Wickrematunge that he was determined to see me ‘punished’ when approached to drop the case following Lasantha Wickrematunge’s assassination. Lasantha, Lal and I are all respondents in this case. Is this what I would return to?” she questions.

“In my absence and that of any legal representation the courts awarded Nalin Laduwahetty one million rupees by way of damages which I am supposed to pay in my personal capacity. Is this what I would go back to??” she asked.

Colombo Telegraph pointed out earlier that despite informal, verbal invitations made by several interim government ministers for those in exile to return, a formal request is yet to be made through the parliament by either the Prime Minister or the President. This factor has resulted in a majority of those living in exile to be reluctant to respond to the invitation, as a majority of those who fled have been charged by the TID, with court cases filed against them. As a result, upon arrival they face the risk of being put through interrogation or being arrested at the airport.

This fact has been further highlighted by Prof. S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole in his piece in Colombo Telegraph, who points out mere words of invitation are insufficient. He has an open warrant against him for inciting a riot and it was due to writing against election malpractices in the Kayts during the Rajapaksa regime.

Speaking at the Oslo Freedom Forum in Norway last October, former Editor for The Sunday Leader newspaper Frederica Jansz offers an insight into her home country, the fourth deadliest place in the world for journalists to work.

On October 20, 21, and 22, dissidents, activists, world leaders, journalists, policymakers, entrepreneurs, artists, philanthropists, and scholars united in Norway to share their stories and collaborate on ideas for Defeating Dictators.

Speakers from 13 countries, Including Ms. Jansz, gave enlightening talks on a wide variety of issues.

The conference concluded with the presentation of the Václav Havel International Prize for Creative Dissent, which was awarded this year to iconic Turkish protestor and “Standing Man” Erdem Gunduz, the Russian punk rock protest group Pussy Riot, and Tibetan documentary filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen.

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    Ms. Frederica Jansz

    “The dilemma faced by journalists and others who fled the country during the Rajapaksa regime continues, as the new government has been inactive on facilitating the return of those in exile beyond making mere verbal claims.”

    Why?

    Do they have something to hide?

    Do they want to “Protect” their former “Buddies”?

    Conspiracy investigations are suspicious – Anura

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=X0Q43_NrNoE

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      Frederica Jansz is a Liar Journalist. I know this for a FACT. [Edited out], Had good first had experience of her lies. She can be very irresponsible with her pen if the price and influence is correct. who know if the passege of time must have changed her to be a better person, but in my opinion the Leopard never changes.

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        J Silva, You should get on your knees and worship the ground that Frederica Jansz walked on, for forthright journalism that eventually contributed to the ousting of the Rajapakse regime. Sadly, sycophants like you too would gain from the change of that regime. Dictators everywhere have the same MO and eventually they would have got to you as well.

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        J Silva, do tell us about her lies in journalism.
        We only see her point of view and the troubles journo’s have undergone under many administrations.

        Do tell us, you are closer to the subjects than we are.

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      This land belongs to cheaters – This new regime shall proof that they are worse than MaRa in cheating the Mass….!!! The Queen of Cheat Ms.Chandrika works hard to keep UNP to make a split from MS before the4 General Election….Police powers vested with Militery is the first step…..and many more shall follow in the days to come…..Ranjan Ramanayakke….You have to learn a lot from our traditional criminals . who call themselves as great leaders of sacrifices…

      The more people rationalize cheating, the more it becomes a culture of dishonesty. And that can become a vicious, downward cycle. Because suddenly, if everyone else is cheating, you feel a need to cheat, too…Don’t you !!?

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    YOYO,we have been trolled,\(^_~)/

    Whatever satisfies the soul is truth.- American Individualism.
    When I give I give myself.- The Magnificent Idler.

    We no doubt deserved our enemies,
    but I don’t believe I deserved my friends.(-: :-)

    (~~>.<~~)

    。◕‿◕。|。◕‿◕。

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    “”Will I be safe?” she said.”” (^‿◕)

    Don’t Look Back – never speculate on the nature of freedom- it’s plucked.
    try selling strawberries door to door may be you make it: To Be!!

    Never regret your sin’s, we all have that little devil inside of us..

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3o4Fgh0KW_4

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    Before shedding crocodile tears for Ms. Jansz, I would request readers to do some DD (due diligence) on how many millions the UNP paid her and her paper to post all manner of propaganda. Really, with the fortunes stashed away in all the overseas bank accounts, I am doubtful Ms. Jansz need search for a job in SL, or anywhere else she decided to settle.

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      Come on Lester, you are proof that there is no shortage of vile sycophants even after the ousting of the Rajapakses. If you had this evidence of illegal payments, the Rajapkses need not have fabricated other charges to justify trying to assassinate her. I have been a follower of her writings for a long time and there has been not a single occasion she did not lay out corroborated facts, sometimes opposing her own paper’s lines. I am sad that we have lost the talents of a devout, singleminded, skillful journalist, but I hope in this electronic age she would continue writing from afar.

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        I am merely going by Ms.Jansz’ own testimony in Court, which you may verify for yourself:

        “She (Jansz) also said that the UNP paid Rs. 1 million per week to the Sunday Leader to print more copies of the Sunday Leader and Irudina and distribute them.”

        http://srilankawatch.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1225&Itemid=2

        Which corroborates the testimony of Karu Jayasuriya himself in Court:

        DSG: Did the UNP take a decision to pay the ‘Sunday Leader’ for publishing the propaganda material of Gen. Fonseka in the newspaper.

        Witness (Karu J): Yes, we financed the election advertisements published in the ‘Sunday Leader’.

        DSG: If I say that the UNP paid four million rupees monthly to the ‘Sunday Leader’ for the advertisements published.

        Witness (Karu J): Yes, the party may have paid for the said advertisements.

        DSG: If I say that your party paid the money as a contribution to the said newspaper is it correct

        Witness (Karu J): No, it was a payment.

        DSG: Did your party make such contributions to other newspapers as well.

        ———–

        When a political party pays millions to a newspaper – any newspaper – can we conclude that said paper is without bias?

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      Fedrica, With all your problems, pls stay where you are. Sri lanka is fine without [Edited out]

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    Frederica

    Looks like you got yourself entangled with the intrigues of Mahinda regime unnecessarily by not sticking to your journalistic job, and now you want the new government to sort out your legal problems. Don’t you think you are better off wherever you are now? They say Mahinda is likely to return to power in April. What will happen then?

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      Is Mahinda planning to return to power before or after the cow jumps over the moon?

      If you know anything about the constitution, you’ll know he can only hope to be an MP, at best, unless Maithri decides to appoint him a PM which will never happen. Simply being an MP doesn’t really put him in a position of “power”. He is one among 225.

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        Huz

        This is the kind of complacency by well meaning people like you that Mahinda is hoping to take advantage of in his desperate bid to return to power. It is simple my friend. The UNP is not likely to win the parliamentary elections in April against the formidable Sirisena-Siripala faction of the SLFP with the backing of JHU. At that point the power struggle within the SLFP between this dominant faction and the now sidelined Mahinda faction will re-emerge and in a revenge coup to what happened in November the Mahinda faction will capture the leadership of the party. At that point President Maitri would have no choice but to appoint Mahinda, commanding the support of the majority in parliament, to the newly created post of executive prime minister.

        See an insightful article in this regard by Ali asghar,

        Maithri should bear that his insecurity lies in the hands of SLFP lead UPFA

        lankanewsweb.net
        08 February 2015

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          What you are suggesting is very highly unlikely.
          A lot of the ministers in SLFP don’t even like Mahinda. They had no choice but to obey him. Many that detest him have yet to speak up. The main people pushing Mahinda to contest are the ones who know that their political journey is over without Mahinda.

          Maithri will never be in a position where he has no choice but to appoint Mahinda. You know that Ranil was the main man of the UNP for the longest time. There were so many issues within the UNP, to the point where they broke up into small factions within the party but Ranil didn’t budge.

          Even if Mahinda takes over Weeawansas party, there’s the issue of running a campaign. Weerawansas parties official accounts don’t have as much funds as Mahinda would like to have in order to run a proper campaign. He’ll have to dig into his own pockets which would just bring more attention to the bribery and corruption investigations that will ensue.

          What you are talking about is a very highly unlikely set of circumstances. I just don’t see that happening. Maithri knows very well that his political career will be over if he appoints Mahinda as the PM so there’s absolutely no way he will even entertain that thought.

          Also, there’s a very good chance Mahinda might be in deep, deep, legal trouble within the next 7-8 weeks. He may not really be in a position to even contest :)

          PS: I’ve previously read the article by Ali Asghar. I certainly don’t agree with some of his points. One thing for sure is that a majority of the SLFP MP’s don’t like Mahinda but had no choice but to put up with him.

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        Huz did Mahinda run for third term was that legal? So did he uphold the precious constitution?

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    fine speech by this woman who was the only person with balls to take on gothabaya,who thought he can frighten srilankans into submission.

    She also has a tremendous personality beautiful skills at speech making.What is she wasting her talents as a interior designer.

    Now that obama is leaving she should be aiming at the top job.

    I can just visualise gota’s face and leaking ass when he wakes up one day in the morning and finds frederica janz the pig who eats shit as the president of the USA.Politics is where she should be going into in the US,by contacting that ambassador who gave her the visa,and expressing her interest in politics.

    When obama said he would like to be the president of the US one day,everyone would have had a hearty laugh.The US is the only country where he could have the last laugh,not only with one term,but 2.

    Come on Frederica,if you have the same mindset as obama,you could do much more for this tiny island that americans don’t know the location,than if you come back into this male chauvinistic society.

    Srilanka is no place for a woman with talent,guts and ambition.

    God has sent you to the correct place.Make the most of it.

    Nothing in our life is decided by us,only for us.

    Is there a purpose in your life?I think so.

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      I think only those born in USA can run for president.

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      To become a President of USA, one has to be a born(native) citizen and not one who acquired citizenship like GOATa. Fredrica CAN NEVER become a president of USA unless the law is changed.. :P

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        she can still become a senator can’t she,just as obama was before he became president.Then by the time she thinks of the presidency the law could be modified to accommodate her.I’am sure the americans whose ancestors are all immigrants will change their minds.

        I like to see gota’s face when he learns that she has won her seat for the senate.His image of women is that they should be cooks only to feed manly types like him and then spread their legs for him.

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    The old regime is out of power and struggling to stay relevant . Old regime is constantly accused of nefarious deed, something that would not have happened in the old days . The fact that this happens with frequency is good proof there isn’t a threat to journalists exiled by the old regime.

    It looks like Jansz and family are trying to stay long enough to secure a Green Card , something they would not be able to do if they returned now. She mentions the kids have settled , so the Jansz family does not want to leave life in the US.

    I don’t blame her, because most Sri Lankans would grab the opportunity to live in America . It’s natural to want a better life.

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    Since one can’t edit, this post is an extension of the earlier post.

    Mrs Jansz does have a point on the ambiguous legal position she finds herself in, in regards to lawsuits and criminal charges. While it (the legal issues ) may never be realized in the courts since the MaRa regime is out of power, it is a nuisance that must be dealt with.

    Fonseka’s supporter threat is really the more pressing issue. Fonseka is back in good graces but he can’t ride roughshod like MaRa used to. Still Fonseka can put behind the scenes pressure on Newspapers to not hire Jansz, though Jansz notoriety might very well overcome these Fonseka hurdles.

    It guts and integrity for Mrs Jansz to stand up to the old regime. One hopes she does return to SL from time to time , to report on the new government and to continue to expose the old regime.

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    In the end it is all about economic independence and none of the bull shit in the article. If that is assured then she will be back in a flash.

    All the guarantees she wants are mere excuses. Seriously for a govt that is barely a month old, to go through her personal list of issues and clearing them is certainly not top priority.

    Anyway it will be a year or more before all the is are dotted and ts crossed, and then when you ask your children if Puyallup Oregon is better than Colombo you know what they will choose, they are young impressionable and Oregon has more to offer kids, though Moms intellecutual stimulation she can get from the internet anyway!

    So chill out you are no special case and no one cares a rats ass if you come or not, it is your decision based on your personal preferences and in the end you will make a decision on your own terms, and not what anyone here does or not! So stop blaming your problems on others.

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    This lady is making a lot of nonsensical excuses, because she wants to justify her preference to remain in the US.

    Who are you trying to fool, Frederica Jansz?

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      Man- this kind of personalities could have left the country even long before GOtas forced her to -why do you think she is making a lot of nonsensical excuses? You perfectly know how our people verbally attack burghers.. muslims in general. I happened to experience this at the time we met one for an annual sessions holding for developing countries -among the many who gathered there from Germany were most sinhalese except few representing tamil and muslims. So called royalists always made every effort to discriminated the minority folks. This is why i believe reconcilltory efforts should be born in kindergarten level. In order to give this a birth, polticians should focus on the issue with wholeheartedness. Just pleasing the few could again cause ending up with no signifant progress towards the final goal.

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      It does really come across in that way. I tried to temper my skepticism of her “reasons” because I was trying to be as sympathetic as possible but maybee I am being naieve.

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    When Franz had to fit in the shoes of the “larger than life Lasantha”, and had faced a tyrannical regime that would have gone to any lengths to get rid of her from the face of this earth, it is sheer courage and in the true tradition of journalistic responsibility that she had faced the odds. What a great lady.

    The mention of Lasantha actually welled my eyes. That the present regime had still not prioritised the investigation and putting in the dock those who are responsible for such a heinous crime will continue to shame the regime. Above all matters, and if the country has to start on its path to recovery from an evil regime, the first of such should be to flag the importance of the murderers and their masters to answer for the crime. For it to profess to claim to the whole world of the regime’s desire to show that it has departed or is departing from the heinous ways of the previous regime, a good start will be Lasantha’s case.

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    Fredrica should not come to SL to risk her life.

    There is no guarantee to say that she will be safe. To many court cases pending and Rajapapakse stooges still roaming around.

    Unfortunately Sunday Leader is not the same without her.

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      Jagath my problem is even if consideraable masses would disagree MR by now, but there are still rural masses would shed tears the sake of Rajanaos .. why ?
      Do you think those rural cant see it beyond ? or brainwashed irreparably ?

      I can imagine the stupidity coudl be stagnated in the minds of those rural folks solong there are kept away from facts and firgures of the on going realities. But with things turning better for them, I as any average healthy person would do feel, it should change towards the positivity. Why is that lankens in general seems to be stagnated as no other folks ?

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    After end of the war Fredrika supported the violence and justified atrocities committed against the tamils. Check some of her editorials in Sunday Leader after the war. In a way, she deserves it. She may also likes to stay in the US. These excuses help. If honest she should go back and face chargers. Now there is no rajapaksa government to victimize. Lets see.

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    It ia a tragedy when journalists have to flee to avoid persecution and or death. However, Ms Janz seems to have accumulated fines in addition to threats to her life possibly arising from careless reporting. Ms Janz should be provided with security if she wishes to return to Sri Lanka but, has to take responsibility for fines imposed by courts and impending court cases. Journalists like other professionals have resposibilities to adhere to, and that also applies to gossip columnists.

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    Ms. Frederica Jansz

    Form your own organization- Sri Lankan Exiles and Victims Association, and have your own networking and Communications group. Keep exposing and communicating..

    Then expose and tell as to what happened..

    Expose, Expose and Expose..

    For how long did Buddha preach? 45 years?

    For long did Jesus preach 15 Years?

    For how long did Mohamed Preach? 22 Years?

    For long did Mahatma Gandhi preach? 30 years?

    Even 470 years after Copernicus. still 25% of Americans and Europeans, and close to 40% Asians believe the sun goes around the stationary earth..

    1 In 4 Americans Thinks The Sun Goes Around The Earth, Survey Says

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/02/14/277058739/1-in-4-americans-think-the-sun-goes-around-the-earth-survey-says

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    Hmm… Frederica Jansz of course is unlike all other journalists who are supposed to have ‘fled’ the country.

    She has many pending legal suits against her and in her case, she fled the law of the country when she disappeared without paying the damages she had been ordered by the courts to pay.

    This is even before we mention her atrocious crimes against the English language!

    Jansz was never a journalist with proper, ethically based investigative training or skills. She was led by emotion and her base desire to act as judge, jury and hangman rolled in to one.

    Calling her a journalist is an insult on proper journalists.

    Jansz was, at best, a failed NGO worker and currently, apparently an interior designer in Seattle. That is where she should stay for the benefit of journalism and for her own sake.

    After all, she achieved her objective of getting a US visa by poking Gotabhaya R and others in the eye, and hopefully she will never come back.

    Adeaus, Jansz.

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    Sure as hell she has a threat and also being arrested at the airport not to mention the damages she has to pay. Now that she and her kids have settled why would they risk EVERYTHING? not worth it… her plate is full already, Asanga, Thilanga, Gota, MR, SF and others would be ever ready to pounce on her… She may have faulted on certain issues….. to err is human..

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      How are they going to pounce since the old regime is gone. SF does not have the power to attack people like MaRa regime had.

      Jansz isn’t some soldier who blew the whistle on GOSL war crimes, she is just another in a long like of government critics . What makes Jansz soo much more dangerous than the numerous other person who ran afoul of MaRa or Fonseka.

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    It will not be wise to return now itself. The government seems to be fragile though from outside it does not seems like that. Opposition Leader NS De Silva, is raising his head as he is been fed with ideas gradually by his masters. The much hyped coup report is still not out or no one is talking about it either.

    Imagine in April after the election if the PM is either MARA or NS De Silva, what would be the situation ? one is a maniac the other is a fool.

    Until it is clear what direction major parties will take for the general election we will have to hold our breath and wait. NS De Silva says he will oppose any reform to election process. Does this mean he will be supported by his clan or will they break rank and join President MS ?

    I think there will be some stormy weather in next few weeks. From what I see it is possible JVP and UNP join hands for the election, separate parties but in a common platform.

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    IF YOU HAVE SUCH CONCERNS DONT BOTHER GOING BACK. JUST STAY WHERE YOU ARE.

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    8 journalists murdered under Mahinda Rajapaske Regime is given below.

    1. Isaippiriya (LTTE) killed during war
    2. Puniyamoorthy Sathiyamoorthy (LTTE support) killed during war
    3. Lasantha Wickramatunga ?
    4. Rashmi Mohamed (Killed by LTTE suicide bomber)
    5. Paranirupasingham Devakumar (Killed by LTTE according to Sunanda Deshapriya)
    6. Suresh Linbiyo (Voice of LTTE, killed in air strike)
    7. T.Tharmalingam (Voice of LTTE, killed in air strike)
    8. Isaivizhi Chempiyan (Voice of LTTE, killed in air strike)

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      and Goo’ta was & is an LTTE leader double agent with karuna, douglas KP- the sihala speaking Tamil from muslim background kotchi.
      In short was always a terrorist given super powers by fascist regimes from 48

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      7 out of 8. job well done.

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    Do you seriously think that you are a credible journalist? You have so many court cases against you for writing garbage. BTW who helped you get to US? [Edited out]. You went to Norway to receive an award, which is the country that host separatists and leftist who brought charges against Sri Lanka at the UN. With what corrupt conscious did you join those traitors?

    Sorry Federica, you have no future here and we are not going to miss you either.

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    Maybe she’s learnt a thing or two during her sojournin the USofA from those admired journalists of the calibre of Judith Miller, Brian Williams etc.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/05/brian-williams-apology-iraq-helicopter_n_6622752.html

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    I am very very sorry about what happened to you and family, I really hope you get solace… My deepest sympathies about Lasantha…

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    Fredrica, Stay where you are, nobody is ging to miss you here specialy your former “bosses” or the new regime.
    You got what you wanted, though you found it not a bed or roses, and you journalism will have to be upgraded to be recognised in the USA or anywhere else in the world with the sensational publicatons.
    Never the less, we still have budding talent that has replaced your type of journalism. (Andaya, turn in your grave)

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    When political asylum seekers returned to hold events openly to hold events soon after 2009 Dayan Jayatillaka type of people were in place to participate and manipulate such returnees.
    I have personal experience of this as a returnee from many years of exile.

    There is no strong enough government or such manipulators to ensure that returnees do not bring more freedom back with them.
    The purpose of governments in Sri Lanka is to curtail freedom and hold the population captive for various colonial masters of different shades. This needs change and the island needs to be opened up for free thinking.

    Divided exiles is the worst input here. Fredrica Jansz is making a key mistake in identifying herself as a refugee of Rajapaksa regime. Also she should avoid being partitioned with divisive forces manifested via such greedy people as Professor Ratnajeevan Hoole. She should aim to connect as much as reasonably possible with all refugees from Sri Lanka. Laws and structures of USA and many countries of refuge will limit such unity of global refugees.
    We are not Palestinians but we are neither all convinced members of the Sri Lankan experiment nor citizens of Ceylon. But we are a force to reckon with if standing united as refugee diaspora of that battered island.

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    The dilemma of Fredrica Jansz is whether to live in US where living is good or return to Sri Lanka, But nothing else now.

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      @Rodney:
      “The dilemma of Fredrica Jansz is whether to live in US where living is good or return to Sri Lanka, But nothing else now.”

      Wrong; The dilemma of Frederica Jansz now is whether free speech will indeed be restored now in Sri Lanka or whether it is just another pipe dream.

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        Even if various Sri Lankan governments never threatened or attacked Journalists, Sri Lanka doesn’t have Free Speech because Religion is not criticized. The exception is Islam, which is allowed to criticize and demonize non Muslims .

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    You are a great writer! Vindictive at times and gave into pressure in the SF case. Don’t worry you can come back! I personally know [Edited out] and the comprehension of the article was difficult for the informants since it gave another view! Agreed you are a good writer, sometimes fearless, goes after fame, BUT not an angel!!

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    By all means she must come back and the [Edited out]

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    Ms. Jansz,

    In terms of good governance, the new government cannot put away your skirmishes with the law. But in terms of bad governance, yes they can, but for a short lived period and old wounds could be re-opened at any time.

    I wish you all the best in the land of the free and home for the brave and for heaven’s sake don’t make a mess of it there.

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    All you people taking a light view of Ms Jansz present predicament, just think again.

    She worked with Lasantha. She collaborated with Lasantha in exposing the culture of violence prevalant is Sri Lanka at the time and the utter corrupt practices of the MARA regime. Both Lasantha and Frederica took on the mighty GOTA. Lasantha was gunned down. Frederica received the same death threats that Lasantha got prior to his murder. To say that she was a brave lady is an understatement.

    If you were grounded at the time in Sri Lanka you will realise that she was a brave lady indeed. Also remember that she was not going to get any justice or favours from the judiciary in Sri Lanka where many spurious cases were filed against her. Mohan Peiris would have ensured that.

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