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Gota Moves To Ban Sirasa Network: President Has Blood On His Hands Says Opposition

Allegations by the opposition that the Government was moving to cancel Sirasa TV’s broadcasting licence rocked Parliament on Wednesday (7), an attempt to strike against the network that has been a major platform for criticism against President Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s failing administration.

The uproar began after Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa said he had learnt from trusted sources that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had gathered a group of senior lawyers to study legal ways and means to ban the Sirasa TV network. They were engaged in a campaign to stop Sirasa TV’s reporting, Premadasa said.

“Why are you so afraid of Sirasa?” the Opposition Leader asked, recalling that in the recent past, the network had played a key role in creating public awareness about the plight of farmers and fishermen in the island, rampant deforestation and ecocide.

Premadasa said he was making the statement with authority. “Sirasa may have been isolated when the station was attacked with claymore mines in 2009. But today, there are hundreds of thousands of people who will stand with the broadcaster if the Government moves to silence it,” the Opposition Leader warned.

The Government launched into a litany of complaints that the Opposition was disrupting the order of the House at every sitting by making false claims picked up on the way to Parliament.

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JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake launched into a characteristically pithy and fiery speech, demanding that the Government end all efforts to ban the Sirasa Network. The regime had already banned protests and demonstrations indefinitely and was now turning its guns on the independent media, he charged.

Sirasa station was attacked with claymore mines in 2009

“The Government in power today has a dark and brutal history of repression,” Dissanayake claimed.

The Gotabaya Rajapaksa Government had failed to deliver on any of its election pledges and could no longer face the people, Dissanayake explained. “Throughout history, leaders who fail their people resort to repression and authoritarianism. These arrests are part of that repression. This attempt to silence the media is part of that repression,” the JVP Leader charged.

Dissanayake reminded the House that the current President had a dark past. When the man who holds the highest office of the land has murder on his hands, people are justifiably fearful, he said.

“The White Van Reign of Terror began under his orders. Lasantha Wickrematunge was murdered on his orders. Poddala Jayantha was brutally assaulted and left on the street on his orders. Keith Noyhar was abducted on his orders. Prageeth Ekneligoda was disappeared on his orders. Activists Lalith and Kugan were disappeared on his orders. This man with murder on his hands holds the highest office of the land. Why wouldn’t the people be fearful? Isn’t this fear justified?” Dissanayake charged.

Calling the attempt to ban Sirasa an “ugly conspiracy” by the Rajapaksa regime, Dissanayake said that it was unacceptable that only obedient cronies who amplified Government propaganda were allowed to use the public airwaves and exercise the right to free expression. “Why should the people be forced to hear only these voices?” he said.

Watch Anura Dissanayake’s Speech:

Dissanayake also issued a chilling warning to ruling party members seated in Government benches in front of him.

“I feel sorry for you,” he said.

Unidentified attackers in Sri Lanka have set fire to the offices of LankaENews website critical of the government in 2010

Repressive leaders eventually turn on their own party, he warned. Those who would be slavish obedient dogs of the ruler need not fear, but Dissanayake said he knew there were Government MPs genuinely committed to serving the people who would one day feel a pricking of conscience.

“When the 18th Amendment was passed, we warned that those who vote for the draconian amendment will eventually become victims of authoritarianism themselves. When the 20th Amendment was passed, allowing dual citizens to hold public office, we warned that this would happen,” Dissanayake recalled.

The repression would begin with opposition members and critics, warned the JVP Leader. “But remember that it will end with a gun to your own heads. You will be the eventual victims of authoritarianism,” Dissanayake foretold.

Sirasa was paying a price for exposing Government corruption, including the sugar scam and the attempt to sell of vast swathes of Colombo city under the Selendiva scheme, the JVP Leader charged. “The Government must immediately halt attempts to silence Sirasa,”  he demanded. (Nimal Ratnaweera)

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  • 62
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    NGR will not listen to the opposition voices and will be continue to muzzle the freedom of speech/ media. Armed forces will carry out his orders to the detriment of law abiding hard working
    citizens of SL. It’s hard to see his good qualities. Are the Sinhala Buddhists happy about Gota’s Government?
    Why did the Americans let him relinquish his Green Card? Why is son settled in USA? Basil R is allowed freely into USA—-> why

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      Next focus could be CT and other platforms that so that they can silence us the regular commenters.
      .
      But I don thtink they will succeed such bans – international pressure on them would grow soon no doubt about that. We are living in an interdependent world. If any stupid men would feel, that their stupid arrogance could govern better, their journey would be shorter than predicted to be. If NGR was rehabilitated during his 15 x 365 days in the US, srilankens would have gained that much. Unfortunatley, now it is too late, and no point of insulting those 6.9 millions of voters further.

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        This can’t go very long. All the Rajapakses are over 70.

        They’ll face the same fate as Gaddafi …… shot in the bottom to ease constipation ……

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          that’s why their next-generation stepped into politics, Mahinda son, Chamal Son. They are not done yet or anytime soon, they have plans in place till 2028 SLPP MP revealed it to the press saying they are fit to do the job!

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          nimal fernando

          “They’ll face the same fate as Gaddafi …… shot in the bottom to ease constipation ……”

          Gaddafi’s last words as he begged for mercy: ‘What did I do to you?’
          theguardian.com/world/2011/oct/23/

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      Hi Naman,
      Your reference, “why did the Americans let him relinquish his Green Card? Why is son settled in USA? Basil R is allowed freely into USA—-> why?”
      The answer is simple.
      1) the US really believed he has turned a “New Leaf”, after 2015 January to 2019 and realised his past mistakes and to give him an opportunity to enunciate his new image; Or,
      2) That he may repeat the same draconian style again and to ensure that it is well monitored with procedures in place so that he could be brought to justice if and when such documented misdeeds are available as they are watching the situation closely now to act when the time matures.
      Regarding the family and Basil, the reasons are crystal Clear. No need to waste time on pondering. R Bros & Co., Final stay and escape route if the populace of SL wakes up. (If and When is the great unanswered question) is the US or perhaps China. May be exception if situation permitting is MR, because of Namal and his future, if at the end, anything is left of it to salvage.

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      Chingkalla Pouthams! They are so silly and do not research. Just like the Bandaranaikes, Jayewardenes and Wickremasinghes and many other ruling Koikammam ruling families who were Christians and then conveniently converted to Poutha Matham to enter politics rule and opportunistically create anti Thamizh racism, when ironically most of them had a recent Indian Thamizh immigrant origin. The so called Rajapaksas are also recent converts to Poutha Matham or Buddhism, just for political gain and to hoodwink the foolish racist Chingkalla Poutha masses , just like the rest of the born Christian turned Buddhist Chingkalla leaders, who drove the country into ruin, with their racism and Poutha extremism. The so called Koikammam southern Rajapaksa family are of Malaccan Catholic origin. You can still see this east Asian origin in their features . There is nothing wrong in being of any origin but it these recently Chingkalized South India and other immigrant so called Koikammam Chingkalla ruling families , who brainwashing the foolish Chingkallams with racist ideologies and towards religious extremism, to loot the country and remain in power. Rajapaksa’s father Don Alwin Rajapakse was a Catholic Christian and just like the Bandaranaikes and Jayewardenes converted to Buddhism when they entered politics.

      • 0
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        What is the meaning of the CITY OF MADRAS. Mad people living city named by British MADRAS more over MASRASCALS are living in a city called MADRAS

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      Naman,
      Sinhala Buddhists have no problem in seeing President Gotabhaya Rajapakshes good qualities. It is pretty obvious why the guys suffering from ‘Defeat-Syndrome’ after facing a humiliating defeat under the leadership of Rajapakshes find it hard to see his good qualities.
      —-
      “It’s hard to see his good qualities.”

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        Eagle Blind Eye

        ” Sinhala Buddhists have no problem in seeing President Gotabhaya Rajapakshes good qualities.”

        Of course Sinhala/Buddhists have no problem with any of the killing, looting, raping arson, mass burial, …………………………… as long as Gota, armed forces, state apparatuses, …………… oppressed the minorities and innocent Sinhalese.

        Could you explain what is is happening now in the capital city, opposite parliament?

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwGX44wDtyQ

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          Eagle,
          When do you reckon Nandasena will give a pardon to that innocent Ranaviruwa Lt.Commander who was framed by a 15 year old girl while he was examining her for medical reasons?

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        BP Eagle, where are those sinhala Buddhists today Rajapakshes are being raped by the chinese on broad day light? Above all what happened to that Wimal sangili weerawanse today? 😐😐😐😐😐😐😐

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          MADRASCALS are living city called MADRAS. This name was given by the British who ruled India

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        MADRASCALS are living city called MADRAS. This name was given by British who ruled India

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    This shouting protest doesn’t make any difference at all.,this coward gives a damn,once he decided he got plenty of men to do it for him,he has settled his family in US and managed to get citizenship by asylum.
    Sangam has to take ……….by the way.he is vegetarian don’t like to see blood

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    Sirasa should at least now realize if you prostitute yourself even your Johns who had Prime Time with you will not hesitate to destroy you if their survival depended on it.

  • 42
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    If SIRASA would be banned, then it would definitely be the end of this govt.

    And if SIRASA would be banned to the very same manner his unanimous decision relased that multi murder convicted killer – Hiru TV owner s brother – Hiru TV, Derana TV and others spread lies from dawn to dusk should long be banned and rejected by People

    . They have only been misleading the innocient/vulnerable mind set of the masses. People s average knowledge about SL politics is minus level, knowing the ground situation, Gota could get elected as the Defacto President. If he was capable of making wonders to the manner people naively believed it, then, his DEFACTO status would still have been tolerated. however GOTA et al is much weaker than Sorysena to the POV of the Child’s mindset today.
    :
    The name “Rajapakshes” will be hated by the very same PEOPLE sooner than later. Good riddance to those who kept hopes on the CRIMINALs.

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      Leelagemalli: Hats off to you for this comment.I too am so happy knowing that this is going to be the end for this family of gutter snipe.They will be the most hated family in this country someday in the future.

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        Hari@I m not living in the island but I see the light at the end of the tunnel in terms of Rajapakshe-destiny which I would feel they deserve, that ll be similar or even more dangerous than that of tripolli men , they were found dead in drains 😐😐😐😐😐😐😐

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          Leelagemalli; Noted.

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            Hari@
            .
            Is there any brave investigative journalist to pose the question defscacto president Gota reminding his pledges on no appointment s to his relatives, as made in his election campaign..
            .
            But the same stupid man to appoint his all notorious sibling 10% as “minister of finance ” the bugger would nt know the difference between “million ” and” billion”, why should we the srilanken s fall this much stupid?😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐

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    Silencing a member of the fourth estate is a serious business. At the same time levelling an allegation without substance too would be a serious business. Experts in Telecommunication tell me that “Sirasa” being in the broadcast through airwaves business the closure of it is a possibility if there are problems involving frequency licenses and the hefty payments of license fees. No doubt, “Sirasa” does give a different type of coverage from the rest of the media and in no case can it be called inflammatory. I believe that it gave almost the same kind of broadcast during the “Yahapalana” government as well. During that time Prime Minister RW got hammered for the bond scam and virtually nothing against President Sirisena or Minister Sajith. It is not freedom of speech to cancel the right to broadcast just because critical coverage is given. However, if “Sirasa” did violate any of the license conditions then the government of the day must bring it to the notice of the licensee of the violation in writing, provide a reasonable time for rectification and action only if the license is violated continuously. All these facts must be brought into the open.

    • 9
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      Good Sense

      Looking at the protest Gota and his goons have emboldened to the extent that he is sending white buses to grab the protesters in day light by policeman in uniform and in mufti.

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      SIRASA,SIRASA,SIRASA, OWNERS OF TV Channel are TAMILS. These TAMILS robbed the wealth of Sinhalese Aryans country and this is a well-known secret also. The owners brought money from the MOON? We all know only Indian BOHRA COMMUNITY brought the money from India and established companies in Sinhalese Aryans Country, Sri Lanka

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    President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had gathered a group of senior lawyers to study legal ways and means to ban the Sirasa TV network
    —————–
    Thats not nandasenas usual style is it? To find sophisticated ways to silence criticism.
    The 2009 claymore attack suits him better.

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    The Gotabaya Rajapaksa Government had failed to deliver on any of its election pledges
    ———–
    He has been delivering on his most important pledge. The ongoing sinhala colonisation of the NE.

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      Entire Sri Lanka (Heladiva) belongs to the Sinhalese Aryans and 75% of Sinhalese Aryans living in this country. Thanks to J.R. Jayawardana who taught good lessons to Tamils, the year 1983 July. We need a leader like him and he did the same as how America wiped out Red Indians

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    leelagemalli
    Agree with you

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    Not being sarcastic or even angry but perplexed. What did the public expect different from Rajapaksas?? You say they did it before if so they will keep doing again and again. They send goons to bomb , burn and kill free media so much so NGR picture appeared in the most wanted list. They did the same to Uthayan and few other Tamil press numerous times. ( Srima and JR too but to lessee extent) . In is not just Independent judiciary, media and NGO but eventually the very public who elected will be strangled. I expect next to be those Theras who dare to speak. A single move by law can take away all the comforts and luxuries they are enjoying now. Are they ready to sacrifice??

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      Chiv
      This is the way they used the Burmese priests to fool the people while built an empire. They managed to split the minorities from the majority, now all groups have come together, arming them selves and may attack the military. China who invested will step a side until the present leaders are ousted. Some developed countries are going after the assets stashed abroad.
      Who knows if this will happen in our island.

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        Noel

        When you met members of Rajapaksa clan did you have the same clear idea about them? If so why sudden change of opinion?

  • 13
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    Breaking news during an attack on a private residence Haitian president was killed leaving his wife severely injured. SJ, so sorry to hear the loss of your beloved leader.

    • 0
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      Sad to note the itch continues to cloud your thinking.
      Have you congratulated the party concerned.
      *
      “So far, Haitian authorities have arrested 28 people possibly implicated in Moise’s murder. Among them are 15 Colombians and two Haitian Americans. Three Colombian nationals were killed in shootouts with security forces and eight Colombians who participated in the assault on Moise’s residence are on the run, Police Director Leon Charles said.”
      *
      [The US state department, meanwhile, said it could not confirm if any of its citizens had been detained. However, US and Canadian media are reporting that one of the dual citizens arrested, James Solages, 35, is from Florida and was a former bodyguard at the Canadian embassy in Haiti.– BBC]
      *
      God Bless America!

      • 0
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        Human Bloodthirsty Americans are behind this. Everyone knows the world’s number one Human Butcher is America. Millions of innocent Vietnamese, Libyans, Iraqis, Lebanese, Syrians, and most of the African countries innocent people killed and still killing by Americans.

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    Let us not forget that we get only what we deserve. So SL comprises of more than 80% of real foolish people with ignorance, racism and religious bias further ruined by corruption and moral degeneracy and this becomes an ideal fertile ground for fellows like Raja family. Just see how they do things, as they place and no question of right or wrong. So what else you expect. Majority never had a fore sight, immaterial whether they are educated or not, and hence SL has become a totally failed state. But do Rajas care about this total destruction, a big no. They know they will have every thing, China will protect them and with their stolen wealth can survive anywhere they go. No law, no order, no shame no conscience. Sinhala Buddhsim is just a cover. Where are the rouge theroes, where are they hiding now? Opposition is another bunch of similar idiots. Basil entry to parliament is totally wrong and illegal. But is there a single opposition. A big no. Why. They too are the same rouges. Sajith is a wastage like Ranil, and so let us face Rajas family for ever. Patriotic sinhalas like Eagle, HLD and many more are running away out of SL for better life. The poor fools will rot in SL. Manioc, kahata and hakkuru.

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    Freedom of expression and hence media is a God given right above human rights. Worldly governments are inferior to godly kingdom government of those who obey command ” You shall have no other gods, nor make images to bow down and serve them leading to your karmic consequences visiting your future generations. I show mercy to those who love me and keep my commandments”. Lord the creator of man and universe has power over all and is able to show mercy to murderers and robbers to live without guilt and fear and return to their creator after death and not arrive in another eternity. But the condition required is beyond all earthly religions. Need is to ask mercy for deeds done by renouncing them, and never do them again rather than cover up guilt by doing more murders. Even earthly government released Duminda, so experience the greater mercy of God for souls in eternity. Receive forgiveness of God of love. Do only good.

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      Anyone saw the GOD? This is imagination only. Karmic consequences are given by nature. There are no GODS in this world. GOD is nature

  • 12
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    Gota feels uncomfortable with another Maharajah around………

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      Plato

      “Gota feels uncomfortable with another Maharajah around………”.

      He is comfortable and be himself only in dark rooms.
      Maharaja’s used to be clan’s best friends.

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    The Americans are playing a double game as usual. Pinching the baby and rocking the cradle at the same time. This is an art in which they are masters!

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      Americans are not masters. They are the number one Human Butcher in the world. They started from America, killing Red Indians. See the History of America. Millions of innocent unarmed civilians were massacred by Americans. In Afghanistan, they killed innocent Afghans and urinated on dead bodies of those who killed by American forces

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    We classify nations as sinhala buddhist, tamil hindu, moslem sunni or white christian when in reality most countries today have a mixed population. The way rulers appreciate their citizens has lasting consequences. Without freedom of expression in media, the imprisoned citizens kept in darkness will eventually explode. War against media is a sign of fear and insecurity whatever communism teaches. In our Covid pandemic, the exhausted healthcare workers get transferred, sacked or even plain resignations which are in stark contrast to today’s british queen giving the George cross to all healthcare staff in public service similar to the Victoria cross given to the military. Sometimes, people line streets and end with simple clappings of appreciation of public service. Our beliefs, submissions, behaviors leading to sacrificial beheadings will always add up to the final outcome.

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    Hari@
    .
    Is there any brave investigative journalist to pose the question defscacto president Gota reminding his pledges on no appointment s to his relatives, as made in his election campaign..
    .
    But the same stupid man to appoint his all notorious sibling 10% as “minister of finance ” the bugger would nt know the difference between “million ” and” billion”, why should we the srilanken s fall this much stupid?😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐☹☹☹☹

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