28 October, 2020

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Expose: Media Heads To Bow; Rajapaksa Gives 547 Journos Interest Free Car Loans

The Media Minister’s leaked files now in possession of the Colombo Telegraph show that the Rajapaksa regime has granted 547 journalists and media workers a Rs. 1,200,000/- of interest free government loans from a state bank to purchase car or van, where the interest will be paid by the Treasury using tax payer money.

Irida Lankadeepa Editor Ariyananda Dombagahawatte receives papers for the car loan from President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees on Saturday. Mass Media and Information Minister Keheliya Rambukwella, Environment Minister Anura Priyadharshana Yapa and Mass Media and Information Ministry Secretary Charitha Herath were also present. Picture by President’s Media Division

Irida Lankadeepa Editor Ariyananda Dombagahawatte receives papers for the car loan from President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees

Journalists from virtually every mainstream media in the country with the exception of the Sunday Times newspaper have accepted laptops and car loans or both from the Rajapaksa regime.

Editors who received both a free laptop and the interest free loan are;  Ariyananda Dombagahawatta, NM Cassim, Gamini Sumanasekara, Narada Nissanka, Thushara Gunaratne , Sisira Paranatanthri, Mohan Lal Piyadasa, Dinesh Weerawansa, Bennet Rupasinghe, Indrani Pieris, Daya Lankapura, Mahinda Abesundara and Sundara Nihathamani De Mel.

Ravaya features editor Wimalanath Weeraratna, Divaina News Keerthi Warnakulasooriya and Neth FM Kulasiri Kariyawasam also received a free laptop and the interest free loan.

Members of the Free Media Movement, CJ Amaratunga, Ariyananda Dombagahawatta, C. Dodawatta, Bennet Rupasinghe and Daya Lankapura  and the president of the Muslim Media Forum NM Ameen also applied and were received the interest free loan.

After a series of exposures by the Colombo Telegraph about the serious conflict of interest issues and violations of standard journalistic ethics, the BBC World Service ruiled that some of its Sinhala Section journalists have breached journalistic ethics and violated BBC’s code of conduct by applying for interest free vehicle loans offered by the Sri Lankan Government. The BBC has also stated that the staff in breach of the code would be sent for retraining.

But the BBC journalists who were granted the loan never withdrew their applications, the Colombo Telegraph learns. “They can go to the recommended bank and get the loan anytime” secretary to the Media Ministry Charitha Herath told Colombo Telegraph.

Last month Colombo Telegraph exposed the full lists of the journalists who received a free laptop from the regime. Today we are able to publish the list of media bosses who applied and were received the interest free loan. We will soon be able to publish all the names of the journalists who received the interest free loan.

Editors 

1. Siri Ranasinghe – Vijaya Newspapers

2. Ariyananda Dombagahawatta – Vijaya Newspapers

3. Indrani Pieris – Vijaya Newspapers

4. Lionel Perera – Vijaya Newspapers

5. NEG Abesekara – Vijaya Newspapers

6. SPLS Weerasuriya – Vijaya Newspapers

7. CMSN Fernando – Vijaya Newspapers

8. NM Cassim – Vijaya Newspapers

9. Gamini Piyasiri Sumanasekara – Upali Newspapers

10. Narada Nissanka – Upali News Papers

11. KM Perera – Upali Newspapers

12. KM Wettasinghe – Upali Newspapers

13. HMSK Heart – Upali Newspapers

14. HHW Shriya Kanthi – Upali Newspapers

15. Sundara Nihathamani De Mel – Lakbima Newspapers / Now Lake House

16. Daya Lankapura – Lakbima

17. STP Silva – Lakbima

18. Thushara Gunaratne – Ceylon Newspapers

19. Elmore Gunaratne – Ceylon Newspapers

20. Bennet Rupasinghe – Ceylon Newspapers

21. DS Rajapaksa – Ceylon Newspapers

22. Gayruka Perusinghe – Rivira Media

23. Sisira Kumara Paranatanthri – Ravira Media

24. KDJ Ratanaweera – Rivira

25. HA Gamini Samarasinghe – Rivira

26. AU Amarasena – Lyathambara

27. Ratnasabhapathi Prabhakaran – Express Newspapers

28. Chaminda Welagedara – Bank of Ceylon

29. Sunil Madava Prematilake – Ranidiva

30. Tilakaratna Kuruwita Bandara – SLBC

31. Ariyadasa Peiris – SLBC

32. Anura Fonseka – Max TV

33. Chandrasiri Weligamage – Siyadesa Publishers

34. P Rajapaksa – Siyadesa Publishers

35. KMB Arunakumara – Helth Watch

36. V Thevaraj – Express Newspapers

37. N Vijayasundarama – Valampuri – Jaffna

38. Mohan Lal Piyadasa – Leader Publications

39. C. Dodawatta – Lake House

40. S Thileynadan – Lake House

41. Karunadasa Sooriarachchi – Lake House

42. Dinesh Weerawansa – Lake House

43. Anton Samson – Lake House

44. DNP Abesinghe – Lake House

45. MA Siriwardena – Lake House

46. Sunil Mihindukula – Lake House

47. LPS Robel – Lake House

48. RP Godage – Lake House

49. IM Ajith Dharmasiri – Lake House

50. PPG Dharmaratne – Lake House

51. NIP Kudahetti – Lake House

52. T Ramytilake – Lake House

53. MAD Jeraldeen Fonseka – Lake House

54. WK Mendis – Lake House

55. ULCS Perera – Lake House

56. T Senthivelvar – Lake House

57. MM Mohomad Merlin – Lake House

58. SO Sirimanna – Lake House

59. Chandrani Marasinghe – Lake House

60. AW Manoli Sumasinghe – Lake House

61. A Dhammika Deeptha – Lake House

 

Others Heads

 

62. RM Kingsley Ratnayake – Director General  – Sirasa

63. M Sarath Kumara Perera – Senior research officer – Sirasa

64. WAC Priyantha Wijesinghe – Director ( Public Relations ) Sirasa

65. Seelaratna Senarath – Director editorial – Lake House

66. Mahinda Abesundara – Editorial advisor – Lake House

67. G Abewardena – Editorial Advisor – Rvira

68. Kulasiri Kariyawasam – Deputy General Manager – Neth FM / Now Carlton

69. N Jude Dombagoda Liyanage – Deputy General Manager – Neth FM

70. Hasantha Shrilal Hettiarachchi – Manager ( Public Relations ) ITN

71. Uditha Hewawasam– Engineer – ITN

72. PJP Karunaratna – Asst. Manager – ITN

73. SK Vithana – Asst. Manager – ITN

78. Hudson Samarasinghe – Chairman – SLBC

79. W Sunil Abesiri – Additional Director ( Sinhala) – SLBC

80. WCTV Sandanayake – Director ( President’s Media Unit ) SLBC

81. P Chandraratne – Editorial Coordinator – SLBC

82. SM Haneefa – Controller – SLBC

83. MM Sujeewa Samankantha – Organizer – SLBC

84. JC Dhanavalavithana – Senior organizer – SLBC

85. LMN Perera – Senior Organizer – SLBC

86. R Yogarajan – Section Head – SLBC

87. IMT Ihalagama – Controller – SLBC

88. MMC Jayakanthi – Controller – SLBC

89. Tilina Indunil S Samarasuriya – Director ( Training and Foreign rela ) SLBC

90. S. Somapala Perera – Director General ( Additional )  SLBC

91. D Ranjanee Rupasinghe – Broadcasting Controller – SLBC

92. Weerasena Hiniduma – Controller – SLBC

93. KDJJ Wijeratne – Asst. Director ( Marketing) SLRC

94. RL Erick Colin Perera – Asst. Director ( Engineering ) SLRC

95. KAGJ Seneviratne – Asst. Director ( Engineering ) SLRC

96. KWM Erin Jayasekera – Deputy Director – SLRC

97. MP Fernando – Asst. Director (Progamme Children) SLRC

98. Bandula De Silva Vithanage – Director General (Programs ) – SLRC

99. Mayuri Abesinghe – Deputy Director General – SLRC

100. HM Jackson – Director (Engineering ) – SLBC

101. HK Susila – Broadcasting Controller – SLBC

102. KNN Tisera – Asst. Director (Recording ) SLRC

104. Dayaratna Ratagedara – Director – SLRC

105. Shirley Anil De Silva – Director – SLRC

106. UL Yakub – Asst. Director (Tamil ) –SLRC

107. SA Mahinda Samarakoon – Asst. Director – SLRC

108. AM Wimalaratne Adhikari – Director (Drama) SLRC

109. A Rohan Sarathchandra Perera –DDG (Engineering ) SLRC

110. PN Meegaswatta – Director – SLRC

111. SR Mapitiya – Asst. Director – SLRC

112. TMG Chandrasekara – Director (Training) SLRC

113. Atula Ransirilal – Director – SLRC

114. PK Wijesinghe – Director( Edu ) – SLRC

115. Sunil Dissanayake – Deputy Director ( Public Relations ) SLRC

116. NGV Nugaliyadda – Asst. Director ( Engineering ) SLRC

117. C Thiththagala – Asst. Director ( Engineering ) SLRC

118. AADA Arambewatta Arachchi – Asst. Director – SLRC

119. AC Tissa Weerasinghe – Asst. Director – SLRC

120. NPG Ubhayawansa – Deputy Director General – SLRC

121. Sisira D Wijesinghe – Asst. Director ( Education) – SLRC

122. HD Ajith Priyadarshana – Asst. Director – SLRC

123. EAAP Edirisinghe – Controller – SLRC

124. KMPL Rodrigo – Asst. Director ( Engineering ) SLRC

125. KR Ratna Pushpakumari – Director– Child Skills Development Programme

126. PSP Fernando – Manger Programme – Swarnavahini

127. JP Kusum Piyaseeli  Peiris – Regulator – Shri FM

128. HS Dharmasena  – Owner – Ayurvedha Newspaper

 

Advisors and Managing Directors

 

129. NM Ameen – Lake House / Navamani

130. Sarath Kumara Ranasinghe – SLBC

131. RP Ratnasinghe – Ranigiri Rupavahini

132. SC Weerasinghe – Lake House

133. EM Ekanayaka – Siyatha TV

134. Hema Nalin Karunaratne – Heritage TV

135. PA Norman Patrick Perera – Upali Newspapers

 

Deputy Editors

 

136. Jayantha Chandrasiri – Upali Newspapers

137. WA Dissanayake – Rivira Media

138. WMCG Wijesundara – Vijaya Newspapers

139. HN Wijeratne – Vijaya Newspapers

140. NA Isadeen – Vijaya Newspapers

141. HM Ubeysekara – Vijaya Newspapers

142. WADAD Wijesuriya – Vijaya Newspapers

143. Pathirage Don sisil Namal – Vijaya Newspapers

144. RADSD Ranasinghe – Vijaya Newspapers

145. KAUR Wickckramanayake – Vijaya Newspapers

146. HMG Herath – Ceylon Newspapers

147. MJ Hewapanna – Lake House

148. LPG Dinesh Duminda – Lake House

149. IA Indunil Weeraratne – Lake House

150. LP Tissa Dhammika – Lake House

 

News Editors / Deputy News Editors 

 

151. CJ Amaratunga – Provincial News Editor – Vijaya Newspapers

152. G Niroshana – Deputy Provincial News Editor – Vijaya Newspapers

154. DDS Balasuriya – Vijaya Newspapres

156. Dayaseeli Liyanage – Vijaya Newspapres

157. SA Jayasekera – Vijaya Newspapers

158. PB Sirimanna – Vijaya Newspapers

159. Dushyantha Samarasena – Vijaya Newspapers

160. NKCD Silva – Vijaya Newspapers

161. CC Keerthi Warnakulasooriya – Upali Newspapers

162. Upali De Seram  – Upali Newspapers

163. KU Somapala – Upali Newspapers

163. NL Wasantha – Upali Newspapers

165. Bandula Dinapurana – Rivira

166. ES Roshan Lakmal – Colombo Communication

167. CG Thirumalalagan – Valampuri

168. JM Ranjith Jayasundara – ITN

169. PA Halvitagala Gamage – ABC

170. C. Shripal Wanniarchchi – Sirasa

171. Stanley Samarasinghe – Ceylon Newspapers

172. Premalal Wijeratne – Ceylon Newspapers

173. HAWM Janitha Senewiratne – Ceylon Newspapers

174. Mohan Livera Karunaratne – Asst. Director (Sinhala News) SLRC

175. MIA Jayaratne –  Director ( News and Currant Affairs ) – SLBC

176. MJM Saldan – Dan TV

178. DS Dayaratne – SLBC

179. N Rajendra Kumar Ranasighe – Colombo Communication

180. NP De Silva – Lake House

181. T Chandrasekara – Lake House

182. KA Kumar Raj – Lake House

183. S Pandiyan – Lake House

184. MDM Kulatunga – Lake House

185. K Kunarasa – Lake House

 

Features Editors / Deputies  

 

186. S Wimalanath Weeraratna – Ravaya

187. DGD Chandrasiri – Upali Newspapers

188. KAJK Kanaharaarachchi – Upali Newspapers

189. RMB Kumara – Upali Newspapers

190. LPJT Liyanaarachchi – Upali Newspapers

192. Fatthuma Zanita Kareem – Upali Newspapers

193. AAD Deepthi Pramitha –Upali Newspapers

194. K Kumarasinghe – Ceylon Newspapers

195. DASKS Dissanayaka – Lake House

196. KSC Kallapatha – Lake House

197. EMAK Edirisuriya – Lake House

198. Ayanthi Dilini Vithana – Lake House

199. ALM Saththar – Media PVT ltd

 

Ministry

 

200. Sudath Silva – Presidential Secretariat

201. Palita Perera – Presidential Secretarial

202. Udaya Sampath Kulathilake – Presidential Secretarial

203. Dharman Wickckramaratne – Economic Development

204. L Pemmavadu –  Ministry of Science and Technology

205. S Palitha Gunasena – Photographer – Ministry of Sports

 

Retired Journalists

 

206. DF Kariyakarawana – Retired Journalist

207. Edwin Ariyadasa – Retired Journalist

208. G Keerthi Liyanage – SLBC

209. Kularuwan Kusumtilaka – SLBC/ ABC

210. Jayampathy Palipana – AP Television

211. AKM Pillay – SLRC

212. S Vishvanadan – SLRC

213. Sam Perera – Vijaya Newspapers

214. MAS Ratna Samarasinghe – SLBC

215. Hemajith Fernando – SLBC

216. Sisira Wijesinghe – Army Headquarters

217. K Nandana Weeraratne – Ravaya / BBC

 

Foreign Media

 

218. HMCK  Bandara ( Chandana Keerthi Bandara) – BBC World Service

219. WTJE Fernando ( Elmo ) – BBC World Service

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Latest comments

  • 8
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    This is not bad, it’s a loan, not a free laptop.
    :-)

    • 16
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      This is bribery.

      They will not have to pay it back as long as they do not say something bad.

      What a racket. Nepotism extended to a larger circle.

    • 1
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      There is a cost as the bank gets paid the interest by the taxpayer. The government is raiding the Treasury to favour their popularity which our Electoral Commission should look at but no chance as they are also political appointees. This government has been flouting the convention of Segregation of Powers for years and they think we don’t notice. They have removed Judges and Chief Justices at whim when they refuse to turn a blind eye to their irregularities and installed judges who do. They have closed down newspapers or bought them at taxpayers expense or shut down broadcasters or blocked the web sites (of CT as alleged) when they don’t approve of what they say. A free press or media is something we should all cherish. Often they are biased one way or other, but it is up to you to support or argue against what’s been said. Shutting them down is the action of a corrupt government.

  • 9
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    Good show. Now more and more will be happy and will support fascism.

  • 14
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    These are unquestionably the bribes to make these people subservient to MR and his despicable rule. These journalists should the feeling of shame and guilt in accepting them .There is no independence and integrity and standard of ethics one could expect from these so-called journalists. In the context of abuse and misuse of tax payer’s money by MR for his personal and family interests the independence and intergirty would depends on the ones capacity to withstand the overtures exerted by the despotic regime.The despotic regimems use bribes to win morally and inegrity-wise ones and for strong ones by the use of its ruthless suppressive machinery.

    • 11
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      why none of the journalists raise the question – why the bugger repeatedly offer this kind of perks to the journalists ? is that also not the honesty of those journalists – at least one single to raise the voice ?
      What is lacking there is honesty among the many ? Both sides, president the bugger and the journalists are abusers.

  • 10
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    The Rajapakse govt; is bribing the media to stay in power for ever. The power will be in the Rajapakse SAMAGAMA FOR A LONG, LONG TIME . IT IS A SAD STATE OF AFFAIRS FOR SRI LANKA. Of course this might lead to an internal revolution someday .

    • 2
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      I have no doubt, if Prabakaran and others were like, they would have also been offered cars and laptops to them.

      These typical rascal minded settings to keep them quiet.

      Whose money is being paid for all these offers ? Apparently [Edited out] and his regime has fully forgotten that the numbers of masses that voted them into power have today been struggling for their 3 meals.

      Ane ane, ratakata giya kala. It is literally like bad soldiers are given weapons to fight. This is the MR vision and wisdom :(

      • 2
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        corrections:
        I have no doubt, if Prabakaran and others were LIVE, they would ALSO have been offered cars and laptops to them.

  • 3
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    Sorry for typo errors. So is repeated below-
    “These are unquestionably the bribes to make these people subservient to MR and his despicable rule. These journalists should have the feeling of shame and guilt in accepting them .There is no independence and integrity and standard of ethics one could expect from these so-called journalists. In the context of abuse and misuse of tax payer’s money by MR for his personal and family interests the independence and integrity would depends on the ones capacity to withstand the overtures exerted by the despotic regime. The despotic regimes use bribes to win morally and integrity-wise inferior mean ones and for strong ones by the use of its ruthless suppressive machinery”

  • 3
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    To reveal all these to the general public is great ´; thanks CT.

    This is how they make the opposition impotent. It is high time everyone of us to protest vehemently against this brutal regime. This man is thousand times dangerous then premadasa senior.

  • 2
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    Yes, iratai. It is a loan given
    only to the favoured few. You
    ask for one and see whether you
    will get it.

    Thushara Gunaratne (Editor,
    Mawbina) has got one for his
    father who is over 85 years. Asked
    by one journalist, he said it was
    to buy a car to take his father
    to the hospital.

  • 4
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    Thank you CT-what will we do without you?

    When The Loan was given to a Muslim Journo ,the entire Muslim community was not spared in slurring insults by the bigots ,

    But now it is given to people of their community ,suddenly it becomes very ethical- tell me what kind of people are some of you Sinhalese ? ,how can you keep thinking and behaving this way ,I am aware your faith does not require you any obligation by commandment where conscience is concerned ,but as a human being how can you do it?

    As long as your people benefit, even illegal becomes legal ,unethical becomes ethical- OMG what a place to be stuck with no choice to get out ,and what stupidity for people who threw away abodes of peace blessed with and had come back and have no choice to reverse it and then the people who are extremely blessed by being able to get out and have been blessed with so much of dignity ,freedom and a peaceful night sleep ,not having to worry which moment like in Myanmar or like in 1983 not black July rather better to be known as the genocide of JR, your own neighbor may come in and kill you?to imagine we in Muslims in Sri lanka are living in luxary ?
    This may become the reality of future Sri Lanka for MUSLIMS as long as BBS ,Ravaya,Jhu and like -if not limited to their Temples and pin bath am being honest ,
    But can His Excellency handle that? when The BBs has openly stated they will not permit muclticultralism ? or Will The Government media spokesman ahve another litte story to tell us about the boogey man ?
    Only time will tel.

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      Yes – Muslim council made a statement against the attack on a Christian church by the “so called monks.” (I do not think monks who follow Buddha would do that.) What the did CT was to highlight the fact that Ameen took a loan from the President’s fund and divert the attention of the readers from the attack on the church and also to play down the fact that Muslim Council made a statement. Most of the comments are about Ameen taking the loan and not about the contents of that statement. If you read the statement, it is requesting the authorities to take action against those who commit these crimes.

  • 0
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    your own neighbor may come in and kill you?

    And to imagine we in Muslims in Sri lanka are living in luxury ?

  • 3
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    CT is exposing these journalists who have worked all their life for a pittance. There are big sharks who have been swaddling international donors and NGOs who are scot free. Can anyone also explain how the exiled journalists are surviving including CT staff

  • 0
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    This is not bad, ????????????????? becuase it is not Ammen’s interest free Loan?

    LMFKAO

  • 0
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    sir irudina editor jatila wellabada got this why his name nottheir

    • 1
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      If they did not make these concessions, how much of funds the authorities could have saved – and with that funds how many of the poor people in remote corners of the nation could be given a life ?

      Now they deliberately have put the opening of highy way from Galle to Matara – focusing the great advantage they can gain opening it shortly before the southern p elections. That is the trick being played by rulers. That can then work as an eyewash – affecting even the blind becoming overwelmed…. the aftermath of the overwelm will be stick to them until the elections are over…. in other word,… like giving some drugs to hallozinate the usually vulerable folks int ahtway. Else, this was earlier supposed to open at the end of January 2014 as they reported it a month ago. As we know our people they clearly forget everything if they would see a road opening is the case. Like appeasing them after a cold drink…. they are so gawky and gullible …. long term effect is always forgotten by them… that was the case with farming community in rajarata that is proved to have loosing their kidneys today. It is all because of the poisonous fertilizer that they got introduced by agro ministry.

      And the other point, Just to feed those who can afford a life but only for petty advantages is really shameless, that is what i felt reading about journo concessions for cars and laptops And if this came from MR himself .. it is more than shameless. People should realize this clearly – else nothing would work to the change that they expect to happen soon.

  • 0
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    Oh.! the king just forgot to give his ‘potential’ subject…a packet of table salt….. !

  • 3
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    Every month the government shamelessly takes close to 30% of my pay as taxes and a further % in the name of EPF. Yet all I get I higher electricity bill and ever increasing COL and the Middle finger.

    These scribes get laptops and loans for free. Truly the wonder of Asia.

  • 3
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    Sri Lanka is what Sri Lanka is. This reflects the low standard of journalistic practices in Sri lanka.

    I am sure the journos above named do not have any idea what conflict of interest is.

    PS. Malinda Seneviratne is a notable absentee in the above list. Just wondering.

    • 2
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      Well he already works for partly Rajapaksa owned The Nation so who knows he might be getting his perks elsehwhere.

  • 1
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    In other word, they were bought to sing for the rulers. We could get all real news from the web and CT.

  • 2
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    CT does not give the repayment period of the loans.There must be circular authorizing this interest free loan issued by the Treasury to this effect. If CT also brings out this circular, it would open way for lower salaried government employees to cite this circular and demand at least to wave off interest payment on their distress loans they took from the Government.

  • 1
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    Be rational and positive at all times. Why do we have to find fault and hidden motives in everything the regime does? Fortunately I still have faith in most of these journalists – this can help in their work!

    And it’s not unfair! Look how important the traditional media is! The quality of journalism in Sri Lanka will surely jump sky high…

    Don’t prejudge the innocent journalists – most of them are not brainwashed – they have the right to write what they want. The unbiased ones can be easily distinguished from the biased ones: but aren’t we also biased when it comes to giving our opinions?

  • 1
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    If this is the first time such a mass-scale activity that does not fall
    within reasons, should not an NGO approach Courts in a Public Interest
    case – at least to give it the widest publicity so that Votes who follow
    the media can judge. Mohan P will also be given a chance to reveal his
    hidden animosity. Surely this can be raised in Parliament as no other
    than the Chairman of the Commonwealth is resorting to bribing a sector?

  • 0
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    [Edited out]Singapore’s Lee’s style. No one escape from these Santhoosams.

  • 1
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    A request to CT and readers of these columns. You have exposed those who have taken benefits( or bribes) offered by the regime. My humble request is for CT or other readers of this column to give us the names of PROMINENT journalists who have not taken these bribes. Also it would be interesting to find out names of newspapers/ tv stations whose staff has not taken these bribes.

  • 1
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    Lets see the list of those who refused the “gift”?

  • 1
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    people are finding difficlt to buy food, milk. medicines, it is political propaganda.waste of public money.there is no lap top school childran.fool the public once not all the time,

  • 1
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    If farmers or fishermen get free money from the state, no one worry about it. Journalists also(workers) work for money and they also deserve this kind of helps from the state!

  • 2
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    after seen this I closed my account with BOC and opened an account with a private bank. Once my FD is matured I will withdraw the same and opened a FD with the same private bank.
    I don’t want to loose my money.

    • 0
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      If BOC goes bust the tax payer will rescue but private sector in 3rd world??

  • 2
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    Thia speaks much for the dependence of the media and controlling of the media by the government. By the way, have you noticed that there were a handful of Tamil journalists who applied for this loan.

    I was offered telephone line and house by the government. But I refused since first and foremahead of the queue and a house but I refused since I did not want to compromise my values and strove be a journalist with integrity.

    Pardon me if I sound sanctimonious. I never sell my soul for materialistic dividends.

    If just journalism is to work journalists should conduct themselves with honesty and decorum.

  • 1
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    These shameful journos have compromised their integrity and neutrality, by accepting these bribes.
    Any government in the world that has to present goodies to the media, has ulterior motive, and simply not heard of. Yet another devious scheme by Rajapaksa and company, to make sure their crimes are downplayed.
    Shame on those who sold their souls.

  • 0
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    Yep ! Most of them can be bought. the question is only ? at what a price ?

  • 0
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    This is really bribing. This banana republic media minister KRW , MRs boot licker what is the use. Jumbing from UNP is this kind of guys have balls to talk…

  • 0
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    Money talks…. a song by Neil Diamond………….despicable thank goodness he is gone…… hope Lanka never sees his like again

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