Divaina is at it again! In its recent edition published on Saturday, June 22, the racist newspaper carried an anti-Muslim story citing former Minister Gamini Lokuge which has now been completely rejected by Lokuge himself!
In the story published on June 22, Divaina quotes Lokuge calling for a probe into Muslim organisations that offer free food near hospitals including Maharagama Cancer hospital and the Kalubowila hospital. He is quoted stating it is important to ascertain the basis and motives behind offering free food to the patients. It also cited Lokuge expressing fears Sinhala women being sterilized in the guise of offering free food.
However Lokuge issuing a special statement from Singapore claims he never made such a statement at any meeting or in person.
“I heard about this story published by Divaina when my close friend, son of former Governor Alavi Moulana and Governor Muzammil inquired me. I categorically deny making such a statement,” he noted.
Despite publishing what is clearly fake news with an anti-Muslim bias, Divaina continues to enjoy its freedom to express its hate speech and continue publishing its racist drivel to which includes claims of sterilization of 4000 Sinhalese women by Dr. Shafi from Kurunegala.
It seems Divaina too like Asigiri Mahanayake has received a free pass to spread vitriol against Muslims.
Meanwhile, Lokuge went on to state that offering free food to visitors and patients is a wonderful gesture and if issues exist, the probing needs to be conducted via health service authorities and not other parties.
“I apologize from those engaged in these ventures; I am sorry if this story caused any ill feeling, I have never made such a statement,” he reiterated.
However, the damage has already been done as social media users reported that Muslim organisations have put a halt to offering food to visitors and patients near hospitals in fear of attacks.