29 July, 2021

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From Terminator To Predator: Gota Enters Worldwide Ranking Of ‘Press Freedom Predators’

President Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa was bestowed an ignominious honour today (5) when he officially entered a worldwide ranking of ‘Press Freedom Predators’ compiled by the international media watchdog, Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

The global list is a “who’s who” gallery of political leaders who have “cracked down massively” on press freedom, with accompanying portraits of their predatory methods against journalists, their favourite targets and incendiary quotes justifying their conduct.

RSF’s portrait of Gotabaya Rajapaksa in 2021 List of Press Freedom Predators

Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who was elected President in November 2019, has joined the list of 37 heads of state and government published in 2021. RSF last compiled the index in 2016.

“Terror is back,” RSF announced under its portrait of Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the Sri Lankan President who led military intelligence killing squads under his brother Mahinda Rajapaksa’s 2005-2015 presidency. RSF however erroneously refers to Gotabaya Rajapaksa as “Defence Minister” in 2005-2015. In fact, Gotabaya served as Secretary to the Ministry of Defence while his President brother Mahinda held office as Minister of Defence for the entirety of his presidency.

RSF said the Gotabaya Presidency makes investigative reporting on such sensitive issues as the plight of the Tamil minority or Sri Lanka’s Muslim community seem extremely dangerous.

“Those who dare are exposed to two dangers. One is judicial, the probability that the police will come with warrants for their arrest. The other is physical, the probability that they will receive death threats, which the police will refuse to register if they try to file a complaint,” the media rights group noted.

In his portrait, RSF says his election returned Sri Lanka to the “darkest hours” of its recent history. Gotabaya acquired the moniker “Terminator” when he served as Defence Minister of Sri Lanka, the media rights organisation says, because of his role as overseer of a death squad known as the white van commando. The vehicles were used to kidnap and torture journalists, and in some cases execute them, RSF said.

In fact, the Terminator moniker was ascribed to Gotabaya Rajapaksa by his brother Basil just ahead of the 2019 presidential election. But there was little doubt that when his brother Mahinda Rajapaksa ruled as President, “Gota” who served as Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, came to be known as the regime’s chief executioner. Based on RSF’s own tally, 14 journalists were killed or went missing when Gotabaya served as Defence Secretary, and at least 20 were forced into exile after being tortured or threatened.

Gotabaya’s accession to the Presidency has “reawakened old demons” for journalists, says RSF.

“Many Sri Lankan journalists now face a terrible dilemma. Do they do their job or do they avoid putting their lives in danger? They have to live with the ghosts of so many colleagues who were murdered while, at the same time, the impunity for crimes of violence against journalists committed on Gota’s orders continues to be total,” the Sri Lankan president’s page says.

Since his election, warrants for the arrest of journalists have been issued, media outlets have been raided and searched, ploys have been used to disinform, and death threats have been made, said RSF. “Much of the Sri Lankan press is now censoring itself, either because of what Gota did in the past or what he is doing now as president,” the media rights group noted.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s “favourite targets” were “Journalists who dare to do their job, those covering sensitive subjects” and his “official discourse” includes “Calls for Murder and to Forget”, RSF’s profile said.

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  • 59
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    What an image. A gallery of murderers. Gota’s place is richly deserved.

    • 30
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      Don’t forget, Gota was voted in by an overwhelming majority ……… most others are entrenched dictators or hereditary dynasties ………

      Let’s take this opportunity to congratulate ourselves …….. we are the masters of our own fate.

      • 10
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        I think any genuine leader who would really want to make tangible changes to the progress, this nation should work on the improvement of the awareness of general public before going to any kind of elections. Roads and constructions would not bring anything so long peoples attitudes would not be changed.
        That should be held on the top of the agenda after the war is no longer there. Germany did it .. and several other countries being torn after brutal wars did it…. why our DONKEYs did not want to go for it is highly questionable.
        Nothing would help so long PEOPLE in this country would remain as they are now…. it will be like බිහිරි අලි ඇතුන්ට වයලීනය වාදනය කරනවා වගේ like playing a violin to deaf elephants.

        In a country kali-amma control Dhammika paniya concocted by an illiterate man could become -panacea- within an overnight, what more talks about majority of our people.
        :
        Brother, NF, did you know that srilanken MBBS holders were found in those ques at Dhammika Paniya maker’s place ?

      • 1
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        The one and only leader who completely wiped out the world’s deadliest Terrorists Organization LTTE even America said no one can wipe out LTTE and India also said the same things. The other leader who wiped out the Chechnyan Terrorist is Valdimar Putin. Now in Sri Lanka no more LTTE terrorists only just barkers diaspodas in the world

        • 5
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          “The one and only leader who completely wiped out the world’s deadliest Terrorists”

          True! Sarath Fonseka was a good leader …….. who led from the front to finish the war.

          It’s nice of you to give him all the credit.

        • 0
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          BP it was not Rajapakshes but valiant forces did the job.but Rajapakshe grabbed the credit as u see it continuing yet today. Shameless buggers would suck the last blood drop of the destitute but in the name of so called war victory.best would be people to destroy them all the families as they would do it to the poisonous reptiles being found in the backyard.no pardon but they should all be taken away from our sights. Then the nation will see its future😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐

      • 1
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        Nf
        .
        Yet today there are masses across the country to eat milk rice on behalf of Basil entering the parliament. PINGUTHTHARA s stay as if their both ends sutured. Sivuru and the placed given to is made silent. BBS dog is silent so as Madagoda ballige putha and the Male nurse in red robes aka Muruththettuwa man. All in all people s staple remains 3× times rice instead Ratathanakola auyooooooo🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐

    • 14
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      Great achievement for so called SB monks. How would they explain it to the fraction s that are out of that 6.9 millions. ?
      Withis being the stance of the world towards the barbarians, not only GSP plus but also any unexpected would be the reality in upcoming months. Aiyoooooo, not even now the very same people would realise the gravity of danger before us. 😎😎😎😎😎😎

    • 14
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      Rajapakshes are etnnic cleansers from the beginning on., this is public secret.
      High profile murderers cant know the fingerspitzgefule in politics, if yes the world should be upside down. Abusive media should finally take the lead in transporting the message to the grassroots if not today when enough is enough ☹☹☹☹☹☹☹

      • 12
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        Painful reality is people ll continue like the deaf and blind

        . They are caught and disappeared between so called Rajapakshe patriotism and the facts.
        .
        Mr Nk compares people s feedback very similar that of dead bodies.

    • 4
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      Singapore’s leader is also there.

      No wonder SL tries to follow Singapore!

      • 3
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        JATAM

        “Singapore’s leader is also there.”
        Where, in Singapore perhaps?

        • 0
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          Getam should be dreaming 🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕

  • 11
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    Nandasena is a reptilian humanoid hiding behind a human body.
    Watch the two movies ‘they live’ and ‘anonymous rex’ to see what i mean

  • 9
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    Terrible set of deeds. May the dead and missing rest in peace.

  • 19
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    Gota rose to power, Mahinda shines in politics, in a certain context which must be understood..

    People criticize the Rajapkses , protest, fight against them , het hammered by the police, and what happens ? Ranil Wickramasinghe , who controlles the UNP the main opposition for three decades comes into power. Before long the country is sick of this namby- pamby pretender and go back to the Rajapakses.This is the repeating theme since RW became leader.

    RW is good at one thing, convincing the confounded UNP that he is a master .

    The fact is , our political parties are not truly democratic. Whoever controls the party can always come to power when the tide turns against the government. While RW controlled the UNP for 30 years how many new leaders have emerged in US, UK and Australia ?

    Those are developed cultures. Here we have fools and incompetents calling themselves a country.

  • 24
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    Nandasena has brought shame to this country. He has embarrassed us at the UN, and we have been rebuked by many international human rights organizations, We are now considered a rogue nation, run by a corrupt family and their cronies. Soon the aid we rely on will dry out, and we may face international sanctions. China will give us more loans and keep taking large chunks out of our little island. Hope those who voted for these scoundrels are satisfied with the direction taken by this lot.

    • 1
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      Ashan,
      You are wrong. President Nandasena Gotabhaya Rajapakshe brought fame, not shame to Sri Lanka by giving the leadership to defeat Tamil terrorists who bragged that they cannot be defeated militarily. For obvious reasons, those who faced a humiliating defeat do not want to give credit to that achievement.
      Guys who went to Afghanistan to eliminate Taliban with all the sophisticated military equipment are running away putting their tails in between their hind legs handing over Afghanistan back to Taliban. Their experience is similar to the experience of IPKF.
      —-
      “Nandasena has brought shame to this country.”

  • 13
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    The 6.9million didn’t see this coming!

  • 11
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    Another “feat to be proud” for those 7 million. Man among the elite.

  • 5
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    Well you were all complaining that Sri Lanka could never be another Singapore. And now Gota is up there with the leader of Singapore.

  • 5
    5

    SL may be a tiny nation but our leader is one of the toughest guys (& gals?), out of 37 in the world. True to the ‘lion race’, our leadership is defiant & doesn’t bow down. Those who may call him a cardboard lion for being surrounded by the Military, it is probably for military precision, necessary to carry out orders efficiently without bureaucratic red tape. Of course, the leader has to be surrounded by wagon loads of military body guards, that’s to prevent the peasants from mobbing him in adoration. Anyway, that’s a sign of importance. Even the military commander goes around in his bullet proof Beemer surrounded by 3 jeep loads of bodyguards but that’s probably because these army privates have nothing to do, now that the war is over or maybe of an outside chance of a disillusioned Tamil throwing a grenade at him.

    The country maybe in dire economic state but, at least, we can be proud of our leaders who have shown 2 fingers to the world.

    • 1
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      World’s first woman Prime Minister from tiny Indian Ocean Island of Sri Lanka and world’s first man who completely wiped out LTTE terrorist organization is Gotabaya Rajapakse

      • 0
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        N.Perera
        World’s first woman Prime Minister from tiny Indian Ocean Island of Sri Lanka and world’s first man who completely wiped out LTTE terrorist organization is Gotabaya Rajapakse
        ——————
        So nandasena is a woman and a man?
        Maybe a reptilian hemaphrodite?

  • 6
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    Gatam, the Singaporean leader is NOT there!

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