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In Sri Lanka, It’s A Long Way To Justice

(VIENNA, Nov 21, 2013) Lasantha Wickrematunge, editor of the Sri Lankan weekly The Sunday Leader, was shot near Colombo by unknown gunmen riding a motorcycle on the morning of Jan. 8, 2009 as he was driving his car to his office, according to news reports. He died of his wounds a few hours later.

Lasantha Wickrematunge, the Editor-in-Chief of the Sunday Leader was killed 2009. Photo/REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

Lasantha Wickrematunge, the Editor-in-Chief of the Sunday Leader was killed 2009. Photo/REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

Wickrematunge was one of the most persistent and authoritative critics of both the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tigers (LTTE). In a Jan. 4 , 2009 Sunday Leader editorial criticising President Mahinda Rajapaksa for allegedly using the war against the LTTE as a tool for achieving electoral success, he boldly stated that “the Rajapakses, swollen as they are with the pride of bloodthirsty euphoria, are unable to think beyond the destruction of the LTTE and its leadership”.

An editorial published in The Sunday Leader three days after his murder, says: “In the wake of my death I know you [Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa] will make all the usual sanctimonious noises and call upon the police to hold a swift and thorough inquiry. But like all the inquiries you have ordered in the past, nothing will come of this one, too.”

On Jan. 8, 2010, Lasantha’s brother and Chairman of Leader Publications Ltd. (which includes The Sunday Leader), Lal Wickrematunge, told IPI: “It is one year and no break-through has been made … The case in court has been called 24 times and postponed; and police have not made any headway into solving the crime.”

In a Q&A conducted by the International Press Institute (IPI) on the day his brother Lasantha was named IPI’s 53rd World Press Freedom Hero, Lal Wickrematunge said: “Lasantha knew he was in danger through past attacks on him. But he continued in his journey unbowed and unafraid. He felt total commitment to his work …”

Today, over four years after Lasantha’s murder, no one has yet been charged for this crime. IPI spoke to Sri Lankan journalist Uvindu Kurukulasuriya, who has been living in exile ever since Lasantha’s murder. Kurukulasuriya is the former convenor of the press freedom group Free Media Movement. After going into exile, he founded the online newspaper, The Colombo Telegraph, of which he is still the editor.

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IPI: The 2009 murder of former Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha Wickrematunge remains unsolved today. How far have investigations come? Has any suspect been identified by police and brought in front of a court?

UK: Two suspects were arrested two years ago. One of them was an army intelligence officer,Kandegedara Priyawansa. The other was a mechanic,Pitchai Jesudasan, from Nuwara Eliya. He was 38 years and died in Prison. The Police said in court that he died due to natural causes but the post-mortem report said “open verdict”. He died in prison and the intelligence was recently discharged. The killers were difficult to identify as they were riding motorbikes and wore black face [coverings] at the time of the murder.

One of the two arrested suspects, a former army intelligence officer, Kandegedara Priyawansa, told the Mount Lavinia Magistrate on May 12, 2011 that he was instructed by the Officer in Charge (OIC) of the Terrorist Investigations Department (TID) to claim that a “top army official” was involved in the killing of Lasantha. The intelligence officer who was arrested in connection with Lasantha’s murder told an open court that he had been instructed to say that the “army official,” whose name was not mentioned in court, was involved in the killing in return for a chance to go overseas and secure a house for himself in Sri Lanka.

While the former army intelligence officer was allegedly instructed to frame the “top army officer” for Lasantha’s death, he also claimed he was told to frame the same army officer for the assault of two other famous journalists.

It is pretty sure that the “top army officer” must be former Army Commander General Sarath Fonseka. Until he stood against the Rajapaksas in late 2009, he was a pet of this regime. Nobody was arrested right after Lasantha’s murder, apart from a village boy who had stolen Lasantha’s mobile phone. But, soon after Fonseka joined the opposition, people above were arrested.

Lasantha’s brother, Lal Wickrematunge, told me he is not happy with the police investigation.

IPI: Are the circumstances of Lasantha’s death clear?

UK: No bullets were found in the post-mortem [examination]. I would like to quote his wife. She wrote after his murder “When Lasantha was in the Emergency Unit of the Kalubowila Hospital with an injury to his head, right after the attack, we had already heard from eyewitness accounts that his car had been surrounded by assailants on four black motorbikes.

“We were told that the windows of both the driver’s and the passenger’s side had been smashed and that a witness had allegedly seen one of the assailants on the passenger side of the car pulling out a weapon of sorts – most likely a heavy metal pole wrapped in a newspaper – and smashing it into the head of Lasantha. Lasantha, according to police sources, may have fallen onto the passenger seat sideways when he was attacked from the drivers’ side of the car.

From the injury on the skull doctors say the pole may have had at its lethal end two sharp points driven into it. Lasantha also suffered a base of skull fracture due to pressure from within. Police sources said at the time that two noises were heard during the attack but they did not sound like gunshots.

IPI: Who is responsible so far for the failure to bring the perpetrators to justice: police or the courts?

UK: President Mahinda Rajapaksa told Lal Wickrematunge three times that his brother Lasantha was killed by Former Army Chief Sarath Fonseka. Lal asked me to deliver this message to UN Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay, which I did when she came to London. I delivered his letter to Navi Pillay.

If the former Army General was involved in Lasantha’s murder, one may wonder why he was not prosecuted?

That leads to the belief that President Rajapaksa knows who murdered Lasantha. That would also mean that Rajapaksa, in his function as Minister of Defence, knows who committed murder. If this is the case, why doesn’t he inform [the Criminal Investigation Department] and provide evidence?

IPI: Why, in your opinion, have the perpetrators not been brought to justice? Where has the justice system failed? Do you have reason to doubt the quality of police investigations into this murder? If yes, what are your concerns?

UK: In my opinion, even if the former Army general is responsible for the Lasantha killing, the real questions remain: which role did the other two government representatives above him play? The president himself is the minister of defence, his brother Gotabaya is the secretary to the Ministry of Defence, both positioned above Fonseka. Killing Lasantha cannot be only Fonseka’s own decision. He may have deployed the killers but killing such a high-profile journalist is clearly a political decision.

IPI: Have any other organisation – media outlets, journalists, NGOs – carried out investigations into Lasantha’s murder? If yes, what was the outcome and was it taken into consideration by the authorities?

UK: No one has done any investigation apart from the government. But some others publicly talk about this, for instance: the government MP Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha, the leader of the Liberal Party and the adviser on reconciliation to the president told the BBC that the defence attaché of the British High Commission (BHC) in Colombo “gave a note” that accused the then-Gen. Fonseka of being responsible for that assassination. As the BBC reported, the British authorities have neither denied nor confirmed Prof. Wijesinha’s statement.

In January of this year, when I interviewed Ranil Wickremesinghe, the leader of the Opposition, he confirmed what he said at Lasantha’s funeral. He re-confirmed that the killers were four army persons.

IPI: Which structural or legal reforms of Sri Lanka’s judicial system would be necessary, in order to ensure an end to impunity?

UK: Today, the Sri Lankan justice system is in crisis. Sri Lanka’s chief justice was illegally removed. The Supreme Court said the impeachment was illegal. But the president appointed a former government spokesperson as the chief justice. Now the country has two chief justices: one is the legal chief justice and the other is the de facto chief justice.

The regime manipulates almost all politically sensitive cases. Reforms would require a holistic approach. It is not only the judiciary; there is also no independent public service commission. The present government abolished the Constitutional Council and now the president makes all the appointments. He manipulates everything. For instance, the president himself told me in front of ministers and media activists that he can fix cases and he can free people.

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If you have any questions or would like more information about this statement, please contact IPI Press Freedom Manager Barbara Trionfi at +43 (1) 512 9011 or email btrionfi [at] freemedia.at.
Courtesy IPI. Published in IPI web on November 21, 2013
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    What a blood soaked nation we are. Uncivilized, criminal & brutal. From north to south. From east to west.

    Funny. All our leaders and people claim they are very spiritual as well. They never miss a photo op with religious dignitaries or in religious places.

    Truth is our country is run by vicious, maifa like criminals. From top to bottom.

    Indirect, rumour based attempts to implicate General Fonseka is highly suspicious. Sounds almost like yet another Gilmart by our “king”.

    Not that I think Fonseka is incapable of such acts. Yet, Fonseka has categoraically denied this in public. While regime seems to be moving heaven and earth to land it on Fonseka’s shoulders for convinience.

    Sri Lanka is indeed a Banana Republic. Sad, but true.

    Sri Lanka’s enemies reap the benefits of all this.

    Cheers!

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      Srilanka’s enemies are none other than Srilanka itself, dont pass the buck to others.

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        Threats to Sri Lanka is both internal and external.

        We saw a demonstration of that external threat when Cameron was at CHOGM. Much to your delight.

        Cheers!

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      Ben Hurling

      “Sri Lanka’s enemies reap the benefits of all this”

      Who are the enemies of Sri Lanka? Spit out please.

      “Truth is our country is run by vicious, maifa like criminals. From top to bottom.”

      I suggest you find out how did this country arrive at this grave situation. Look back in a calm collected manner. If you can’t find the answer please speak to my elders who are ready to help you.

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        No need at all to speak to your elders.

        Rajapakse just replace VP. Basically Religion and Politics – supported by Religions of this part of the world keep people in darkness.

        Criminal Political Leaders preach the people to follow due process. Indecent,arrogant and cunning Religious Leaders, enjoy the privileges of high respect with their meaningless Robes from the traditionally idiotic innocent hamlets of this poor land.

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      Keep your bullshit to yourselves in the South and don’t bring any of it to the North. [Edited out] Sinhalese are the ones to blamed for the destruction of this Island.

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      Ben Hurling,

      “In Sri Lanka, It’s A Long Way To Justice”

      In Sri Lanka, It’s A SHORT Way To the GRAVE.

      VIENNA, Nov 21, 2013) Lasantha Wickrematunge, editor of the Sri Lankan weekly The Sunday Leader, was shot near Colombo by unknown gunmen riding a motorcycle on the morning of Jan. 8, 2009 as he was driving his car to his office, according to news reports. He died of his wounds a few hours later.

      Neil deGrasse Tyson stops a religious troll (w/captions)

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afGkv0IT4dU

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      IPI….

      “Have any other organisation – media outlets, journalists, NGOs – carried out investigations into Lasantha’s murder? If yes, what was the outcome and was it taken into consideration by the authorities?”

      SORRY TO POINT THIS OUT BUT YOUR QUESTION MAKES IT OBVIOUS THAT YOU HAVE NOT COTTONED ON TO THE DEPTH AND IMMENSITY OF FEAR THAT PERVADES SRI LANKA SOCIETY TODAY BECAUSE OF THE RAJAPAKSA CAPACITY AND PROPENSITY, FOR INSTANT MURDER. I WON’T USE THE WORD ‘DISAPPEARANCE’ BECAUSE THAT’S PRETTY STUPID WHEN ANYONE WITH AN IOTA OF INTELLIGENCE KNOWS THAT THOSE WHO’VE DISAPPEARED HAVE BEEN PUT TO DEATH. I THEREFORE ONLY SPEAK OF KILLINGS.

      AGAINST THIS BACKDROP, THE VERY FIRST MOVE MADE IN THE DIRECTION OF AN INDEPENDENT PRIVATE INVESTIGATION WILL END WITH THE INVESTIGATORS BEING KILLED.

      THAT MY FRIEND IS THE VERY, VERY FRIGHTENING TRUTH IN THIS ISLAND. MIHINDU APPARENTLY FORGOT TO TELL YOU THAT.

      IF I MIGHT MAKE AN OBSERVATION, WHY HAS NOT EVEN ONE MEDIA ORGANIZATION IN THE WORLD, INCLUDING THE IPI WHICH NAMED HIM THEIR 53RD WORLD PRESS HERO, NOT KEPT UP ANY SORT OF PRESSURE ON THE LANKAN AUTHORITIES TO CUT OUT THE CRAP AND BRING THE KILLERS TO JUSTICE.

      THE CIRCUMSTANCES IN SRI LANKA ARE SUCH THAT EVEN THIS YEAR’S COMMEMORATION OF LASANTHA’S DEATH WAS HELD IN THE US…. SO REAL IS THE THREAT EVEN TODAY TO HIS WIFE SONALI’S SAFETY.

      WE ALSO HAVE A WISHY-WASHY OPPOSITION LEADER WHO USED LASANTHA TO THE MAXIMUM FOR PERSONAL AND PARTY PROPAGANDA, MADE A FEW STUPID NOISES IMMEDIATELY AFTER LASANTHA WAS KILLED, AND THEN DROPPED HIM ALTOGETHER.

      IN FACT, THE UNITED NATIONAL PARTY EXPLOITED HIS DEATH FOR PAROCHIAL ADVANTAGE.

      THERE’S AN INCREDIBLE APATHY TOWARDS STATE TERRORISM THAT WAS MADE WOEFULLY EVIDENT AT THE RECENT CHOGM IN COLOMBO IN THAT COMMONWEALTH LEADERS ATTENDED THE CONFERENCE AND, EXCEPT FOR DAVID CAMERON OF THE UK,RAISED NOT A SINGLE ISSUE TO DO WITH ALLEGED CRIMES WITH WHICH THE STATE REMAINS ACCUSED.

      SO WHAT’S THERE, ONE MIGHT ASK, IN THE KILLING OF JUST ANOTHER JOURNALIST.

      A FEW KIND WORDS, A POSTHUMOUS AWARD …AND ONCE IN A WHILE SOME PUERILE TALK, AN INTERVIEW , A COMMEMORATION.

      LASANTHA ID DEAD. HIS KILLING I NOT ADDRESSED MEANINGFULLY BY ANY OF THIS. ARE WE DOING WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE ? OBVIOUSLY “NO”. NOT A DAMNED THING.

      EQUALLY OBVIOUSLY, FROM HIS OWN UTTERANCES, THE PRESIDENT DOES KNOW WHO LASANTHA’S KILLERS WERE.ALL HE HAS TO DO IS WAIT IT OUT UNTIL THIS GENERATION OF CONCERNED JOURNALISTS IS NO MORE, UNTIL TODAY’S PEOPLE AT THE ICJ, UN AND UNHRC HAVE ALSO PASSED ON. CASE CLOSED ? IT WAS NEVER SERIOUSLY OPENED !!

      IT’S OBVIOUS THAT SOME INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION NEEDS TO TAKE IT FROM THERE AND PRESSURE THE ICJ OR THE UN TO DEMAND IMMEDIATE EXPLANATION FROM THE PRESIDENT AS TO WHY HE DOES NOT REVEAL HIS KNOWLEDGE TO COURT.

      IN A CASE OF THIS NATURE NO ONE MUST BE ALLOWED TO BE ABOVE THE LAW. THAT’S A CLEAR CASE OF OBSTRUCTING JUSTICE AND IS TANTAMOUNT TO STATE PROTECTION OF KILLERS.

      IT COULD EVEN BE TANTAMOUNT TO BEING ACCESSORY AFTER THE FACT.

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    The murderer of Lasantha is Mahindaraju’s brother Gota.

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    .
    There was a tamil movie, the villain was in the prayer room praying while his brother was attacking hero’s family.

    When Lasantha was trying call MaRa to inform that he is being followed, MaRa did not answer, because he was in the prayer room.

    :-)

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      …. and after Hitlerpaksha returned from the prayer room he asked “OLUWATADE WADUNAY”???

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      WHAT DO YOU MEAN?

      RAJAFUCKSE PRAYING !!!!!! TO WHOM? THE DEVIL OF COURSE!!!!!

      SOON THE “RAJAPAKSE BROS; TRAGI-COMEDY ” WILL BE OVER

      LASANTHA’S SPIRIT IS HOVERING AROUND THE RAJAFUCKSES AND HAUNTING THEM.

      LOOK AT THEIR FACES ; THE BUGGERS ARE LIVING IN FEAR

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    No journalist is perfect, they always partial and distorting things for their advantage’ sometimes results are vicious.

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      Return! If you have nothing to say don’t say it! IQ<50!! ;)

      Investment! The middle is always evil! heard of it?? then know it from today.

      0:3

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    ”that he can fix cases and he can free people”:
    any link to that reference please?

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    Lasantha was a rare Sri Lankan who stood for justice and fair play. The Scotland Yard or a Sherlock Holmes is not necessary to tell who did the dirty deed. Lasantha writing his own epitaph on the day before his killing to have been published revealing his killers on day he deceased is one of the rarest events. They caught the wrong persons to make sure that nothing would come out of the mock investigation. Bensen

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      YOU COULD NOT HAVE PUT IT BETTER !!!!

      TODAY LASANTHA SHOULD HAVE BEEN AMONG US.

      THE POLITICAL SCENARIO WOULD HAVE BEEN DIFFERENT.

      ACCORDING TO BUDDHIST BELIEF HE MUST HAVE BEEN “REBORN” AND WILL
      CERTAINLY GET THE RAJAS SOON!!!!!!

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    I hope the two exercutive officers of the Rajapaksa Regime should be grilled by taking them to Hague for human rights violations. This is the time they will confess to all barbarick killings under their order and approval.

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    I wonder whether the Rajapakses read the news especially the comments written by the citizens of SL. If they do and if they understand English, they would have “voluntarily gone out of this world” long time back!!!

    May be they are made of “thicker stuff” and think that the piece of thread they wear will save them!! I wonder whether this thread tying is a Budhist ritual?

    How do these people manage to sleep? They must be immune to the suffering of others! Budhism has failed miserably in Sri Lanka!

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      Buddhism is hanging by a frayed thread in SL as the MARA regime accelerates the process by installing Buddha’s likeness in gargantuan forms all over the country.

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      TRUTH, FULLY AGREE WITH YOU…AND HAVE YOU SCANNED THE POSTS ON THIS LINK ? THE COMMENTS REVEAL AN ABJECT HOPELESSNESS, A CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS, APPROXIMATING NIHILISM?

      AND YET, ALL THAT WE HAVE I SOME CURSORY GESTURE OF SOMETHING REMOTELY APPEARING TO BE CONCERN ABOUT LASANTHA’S KILLING, BY WAY OF A HOLLOW RINGING INTERVIEW SUCH AS THE ONE BY IPI.

      THE SO-CALLED POWERFUL GLOBAL NEWS AGENCIES ARE JUST THAT: NEWS AGENCIES AND NOTHING MORE…JUST AN AGENCY BRINGING PEOPLE THE NEWS. PRETTY FAR REMOVED FROM ANY COMMITMENT TO JOURNALISTIC ETHICS, AND I DON’T MEAN PROFESSIONAL ETHICS BUT THOSE TO DO WITH CONCERN FOR FELLOW JOURNALISTS WHO ARE PUT TO BLOODY DEATH.

      WHAT’S RUPERT MURDOCH, THE CNN, BBC , UPI, AP, AFP AND OTHER MAJOR AGENCIES DOING ABOUT MAKING A COLLECTIVELY POWERFUL ASSAULT ON THE UN, ICJ AND UNHRC UNTIL THOSE OVER-HYPED ORGANIZATIONS “DO” SOMETHING MEANINGFUL ENOUGH TO FORCE GLOBAL OPINION TO PRESSURE THE LANKAN GOVERNMENT TO CUT OUT THE WAITING GAME AND PRODUCE ANSWERS AS IT IS EXPECTED TO DO. ANY GOVERNMENT IS ULTIMATELY VOTED INTO POWER TO PROTECT HUMAN LIFE AND BRING KILLERS TO JUSTICE AS SPEEDILY AS POSSIBLE…NOT TO PLAY SUBVERSIVE GAMES TO HIDE THE TRUTH THAT ONLY CRIMINALS OF THE WORST REPUTE RESORT TO.

      WHAT IS OBTAINING IN COLOMBO TODAY IS NOT A GOVERNMENT BUT A PATHETIC APOLOGY OF ONE, A CABAL WIELDING AUTOCRATIC STATE POWER OBTAINED FROM A LARGELY STUPID , RACIST ELECTORATE THAT IN FACT DERIVES PLEASURE FROM THE CRIMES OF THE STATE..INCLUDING THE MURDER OF LASANTHA.

      AND YET, ALL THESE HUMBUGGING MEDIA ORGANIZATIONS WHICH ARE IN THE PROFESSION ONLY BECAUSE OF THE MONEY AND FAME IT BRINGS, ALLOW PARIAG STATES WORLDWIDE TO KILL WITH UGLY IMPUNITY JOURNALISTS WHO LAY THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE FOR THE OBJECTIVE OF LEAVING BEHIND A SOCIETY THAT’S
      FIT FOR THE NATION’S CHILDREN TO GROW UP IN.

      THIS GOVERNMENT, IT’S APOLOGISTS BY DEFAULT, RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS, MEDIA INSTITUTIONS ARE ALL GUILTY OF LASANTHA’S KILLING… AND THAT MIGHT SOUND PREPOSTEROUS, BUT I NOT, FOR IN AYN RAND’S WORDS
      :That which you do not know, is not a moral charge against you; but that which you refuse to know, is an account of infamy growing in your soul. Make every allowance for errors of knowledge; do not forgive or accept any breaCH of morality.”

      BUT WHY GUILTY YOU MIGHT ASK? BECAUSE IN MY BOOK, FOR AS LONG AS I HELP COVER UP CRIME, I LAT MYSELF OPEN TO THE CHARGE OF COMPLICITY IN THAT CRIME, THAT IS WHY RAND CALLS IT A “BREACH OF MORALITY”.

      I’D ALSO CALL IT A CRIMINAL BREACH OF THE SOCIAL TRUST

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        ED, PLEASE DELETE THIS ITEM AND RUN THE ONE BELOW. IT’S INCOMPLETE AND GOT POSTED BECAUSE I ACCIDENTALLY TOUCHED ON THE ‘POST COMMENT’ WINDOW.

        SORRY…AND THANKS A LOT.

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      TRUTH, FULLY AGREE WITH YOU…AND HAVE YOU SCANNED THE POSTS ON THIS LINK ? THE COMMENTS REVEAL AN ABJECT HOPELESSNESS, A CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS, APPROXIMATING NIHILISM?

      AND YET, ALL THAT WE HAVE I SOME CURSORY GESTURE OF SOMETHING REMOTELY APPEARING TO BE CONCERN ABOUT LASANTHA’S KILLING, BY WAY OF A HOLLOW RINGING INTERVIEW SUCH AS THE ONE BY IPI.

      THE SO-CALLED POWERFUL GLOBAL NEWS AGENCIES ARE JUST THAT: NEWS AGENCIES AND NOTHING MORE…JUST AN AGENCY BRINGING PEOPLE THE NEWS. PRETTY FAR REMOVED FROM ANY COMMITMENT TO JOURNALISTIC ETHICS, AND I DON’T MEAN PROFESSIONAL ETHICS BUT THOSE TO DO WITH CONCERN FOR FELLOW JOURNALISTS WHO ARE PUT TO BLOODY DEATH.

      WHAT’S RUPERT MURDOCH, THE CNN, BBC , UPI, AP, AFP AND OTHER MAJOR AGENCIES DOING ABOUT MAKING A COLLECTIVELY POWERFUL ASSAULT ON THE UN, ICJ AND UNHRC UNTIL THOSE OVER-HYPED ORGANIZATIONS “DO” SOMETHING MEANINGFUL ENOUGH TO FORCE GLOBAL OPINION TO PRESSURE THE LANKAN GOVERNMENT TO CUT OUT THE WAITING GAME AND PRODUCE ANSWERS AS IT IS EXPECTED TO DO. ANY GOVERNMENT IS ULTIMATELY VOTED INTO POWER TO PROTECT HUMAN LIFE AND BRING KILLERS TO JUSTICE AS SPEEDILY AS POSSIBLE…NOT TO PLAY SUBVERSIVE GAMES TO HIDE THE TRUTH THAT ONLY CRIMINALS OF THE WORST REPUTE RESORT TO.

      WHAT IS OBTAINING IN COLOMBO TODAY IS NOT A GOVERNMENT BUT A PATHETIC APOLOGY OF ONE, A CABAL WIELDING AUTOCRATIC STATE POWER OBTAINED FROM A LARGELY STUPID , RACIST ELECTORATE THAT IN FACT DERIVES PLEASURE FROM THE CRIMES OF THE STATE..INCLUDING THE MURDER OF LASANTHA.

      AND YET, ALL THESE HUMBUGGING MEDIA ORGANIZATIONS WHICH ARE IN THE PROFESSION ONLY BECAUSE OF THE MONEY AND FAME IT BRINGS, ALLOW PARIAG STATES WORLDWIDE TO KILL WITH UGLY IMPUNITY JOURNALISTS WHO LAY THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE FOR THE OBJECTIVE OF LEAVING BEHIND A SOCIETY THAT’S
      FIT FOR THE NATION’S CHILDREN TO GROW UP IN.

      THIS GOVERNMENT, IT’S APOLOGISTS BY DEFAULT, RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS, MEDIA INSTITUTIONS ARE ALL GUILTY OF LASANTHA’S KILLING… AND THAT MIGHT SOUND PREPOSTEROUS, BUT I NOT, FOR IN AYN RAND’S WORDS
      :That which you do not know, is not a moral charge against you; but that which you refuse to know, is an account of infamy growing in your soul. Make every allowance for errors of knowledge; do not forgive or accept any breaCH of morality.”

      BUT WHY GUILTY YOU MIGHT ASK? BECAUSE IN MY BOOK, FOR AS LONG AS I HELP COVER UP CRIME, I LAT MYSELF OPEN TO THE CHARGE OF COMPLICITY IN THAT CRIME, THAT IS WHY RAND CALLS IT A “BREACH OF MORALITY”.

      I’D ALSO CALL IT A CRIMINAL BREACH OF THE SOCIAL TRUST REPOSED IN A GOVERNMENT AND SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS.

      THEY HAVE ALL FAILED SRI LANKA BECAUSE IN MY BOOK THEY HAVE ON THE ONE HAND BEEN SUPPORTIVE OF LASANTHA’S KILLING AND ON THE OTHER HAVE ALLOWED THEIR COWARDICE TO EXPOSE THEM FOR THE PATHETICALLY DUMB ANIMALS THAT THEY ARE.

      THEY CALL IT ACTING WITH A SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY TO SOCIETY. WHEN DID NAKED COWARDICE OR MAINTAINING SILENCE BECAUSE OF SECRETLY SANCTIONING STATE TERRORISM BECOME DEFINED AS SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY?

      THE FACT IS THAT ALL THIS BULLSHIT IS LETTING STATE TERRORISM GET AWAY WITH FOUL MURDER, OPPRESSION AND UNMITIGATED CORRUPTION.

      WE ARE LIKE A NATION SHELL-HOCKED BY THE MAGNITUDE OF THE PROPORTION THAT STATE TERRORISM CAN TAKE…GOING BY ITS PRECEDENTS.

      FEAR AND COWARDICE CAN BE SICKENINGLY PATHETIC THINGS TO BEHOLD… HANGS LIKE A PALL OF FOREBODING GLOOM AND DOOM OVER THE ENTIRE NATION.

      “AND THEY DIED AS MEN, BEFORE THEIR BODIES DIED”…. WYSTAN AUDEN.

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    Only way justice can be brought to SL is when SL deports or otherwise gets rid of south Indians living in the island.

    This is what ancient kings did to south Indians. SL must do it without delay. Take a leaf from JR.

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    There seems to have been much global evolution in value systems and ethics. This evolution seems quite pervasive in that it enters all spheres of society in most parts of the world.

    Hence the “world leaders” have also adapted to the process of evolution in treating crime and criminality with a similar attitude.

    Genocide and crimes against humanity in the killing fields of Cambodia are a distant memory while the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians by the Zionist Israeli regime goes unmentioned.

    Such are the times we live in…

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    Every single sri lankan knowns that the rajapaksa’s did this.
    It is common knowledge
    Saying the Rajapaksa’s assassinated Lasantha Wickrematunge is like saying the north pole is cold
    it is obvious and there is no question about it

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