29 May, 2022


Lap Top Journalism And The Laptoppers

By R.A.Ratwatte –



With the local Government elections getting closer and speculation on bigger things to come in the near future, a well oiled military type operation seems to be swinging into motion.

Opinion leaders (mostly self styled – some with doctorates, others who claim to be professors and most of them involved with NGOs) are pontificating in SPADES. We have Colombians (to borrow a phrase coined by advocates of this regime) urging similar drawing room patriots to vote for the JVP. Doom and gloom about what is going to be done to us post the Geneva resolution are rife, without any concrete scenarios.

Divisions are being promoted in even the lesser known political parties. The General has a lot of defectors who it would have been easy to buy out and “convince”. The JVP Western Province stalwart has died in a motorcycle accident. As if the current divisions in the main opposition party were not enough, we have a counterfeit currency scandal that has surfaced. Meanwhile feeble bleats are heard from the opposition asking the people to exercise their franchise.

As an expatriate confined to reading the product of “lap top journalism” in order to glean some sort of idea of what is going on in the debacle of Asia, I look at the emphasis given to the above incidents by the aforesaid “journalists”. My analysis is as follows:

A free Laptop from President to Daily News Editor Rajpal Abeynayake

A free Laptop from President to Daily News Editor Rajpal Abeynayake

The Geneva decree is given HUGE publicity but no one bothers to give any likely scenarios. The inference ranges from sanctions hurting just the ruling elite to India invading and creating Eelam on the lines of the recent Russian incursion to Crimea. The plan is to urge the people to be patriotic and keep the current regime in power.

Asking the “intelligentsia” (for want of a better term) to vote for the JVP is given coverage in most of media. This is simply a ham handed attempt to shift some of the ‘Colombians” to get off their posteriors and vote against the UNP. A clear sign that the incumbent regime is worried about the western province and the indigenous mostly unshakable UNP vote that lies therein.

Two consecutive “jilmarts” to stymie the General maybe beyond the realm of even this bunch of scallywags and more importantly may shake the apathy and the fatalism of the general populace. Hence, large scale defections from his party and inferences that all will be revealed about involvement in murders and assassinations. All very easy to engineer for a regime with so much ill gotten gains at their disposal and targets very much from the struggling middle class. What should be pointed out is that it is not petty officials of a political party that would have inside knowledge on such activities but the rulers themselves who would have, in such an event have issued the orders to carry out these deeds. If not and if this was done by the General with his private squad of killers, how come the ruling family have escaped the wrath of the General?

It certainly looks and I hasten to add from AFAR, that the JVP is making resurgence under new and more credible leadership. How come one of its leading candidates dies in motorcycle accident just days before the poll? Was he afforded proper medical care? What were the circumstances of the accident? A deafening silence prevails from the LAPTOPPERS who even have the effrontery to call themselves “investigative journalists” on occasion! It is far too late now to register another candidate isn’t it? So what about that campaign and the votes that would have been earned?

We are told that a Garment Factory Managing Director has been arrested in connection with counterfeit notes given to the Daughter of  a former president. Why are we not told the name of the perpetrator? Do we know if he is related to the first family or a sympathiser? Even if this is not the case if an arrest has been made why can’t the laptoppers give us all the details? This bullocks about sub- judice exists only when it comes to well connected people doesn’t it?

The vital call by the opposition for people to exercise their franchise is given hardly any coverage by our press. Isn’t it ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL” to salvage any vestige of democracy that may be left in this Country, to urge the people to vote. The current culture promoted by this Government is to tell those who are opposed to it not to vote! The populace says “what’s the use?”, “We lose anyway”, Ranil is a loser” and words in that vein which, if they were to stand away from themselves and analyse….they would realise are burying them deeper in this mire! There should be headlines and editorials written on how important it is to vote SPECIALLY if you oppose the incumbent regime. It may be difficult to educate a populace that doesn’t have the slightest idea on how to budget (that all the daily expenses add up at the end of the month!) that every single opposing vote will add up and may even outnumber the ayes!

Maybe it is the lack of any real “journalism” and the abject non value of what is spewed forth by the fourth estate, which has resulted in so many pundits on the Internet? Most of us read the media for INFORMATION and informed (carefully researched) opinion. Instead what do we get is biased information or misinformation fed to us with an ulterior motive. Ulterior motives of the people who “own” not only the presses but the very souls of the personnel involved.

In recent times Banks have earned very bad reputations with the populace, particularly in first world Countries. It is only a matter of time (or has it already happened) before the lap top press of this Country is totally ignored.
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  • 5

    Questions many are asking and many many more should be asking too. Questions should however not be taken as answers. The answers to the questions must be sought and verified. In a culture where casting aspersions on people has become a form of perverse art, it is important to question also the motives of those who question in the media and in propaganda meetings.

    Individual citizens should cast their votes on the basis of what their perceptions are of the current state of affairs and which political formations existing today, have the capability to deliver what they desire. Given the choices available it is not an easy task. The best among the worst in terms of political formations and contesting individuals, is the only option available,

    Nevertheless, considering that the forthcoming are provincial elections, the opportunity should be used to make it a referendum on the performance of the current national government . Those governing need to know what the people think of its performance in relation to their day to day lives, their aspirations as citizens and their dreams of what this country should be,

    Everyone eligible should vote to voice their opinion as citizens and not as Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims or other; to assert their sovereignty in this country; and proclaim aloud that they are the masters of the political servants they pay, maintain and permit to prosper otherwise.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

  • 3

    Hi Rajitha,

    Good writing. All the best.

  • 6

    Laptop journalism and distribution of materials like piece of cloth, few sheets for the roof, sarrees, and some other daily needs incl, buriani tokens have been their tricks this time to grab the votes few days to go for elections.
    Nation´s meeharaka should think twice before asking their men to behave this way. How can he ask them to go straight being in wrong mode. His son is said to be wearing a pair of shoes costing 700 Dollars while compelling rural young girls to commit suicide being unable to buy a pair of shoes. This is the wonder this far abusive man the country ever produced has created to this day.

  • 6

    My parents advised me ” puthe, nethi ekata athiunoth winasayak”. If social scum would raise the head, there will be a disaster to anyone. This is what we have been experiencing to this day. Man in the power behaves as if wrong soldier is offered the swode. There is no limit for his wastes while no price reduction have been made at least for daily essentials. Sad truth is all these development projects based on loans taken from various chinese and other banks sacrifying MUCH HIGHER INTERESTS like instead of 3% percent even risking 6-7 % percent. Some of these loans are proved to be from black listed chinese authorities. Latter gives us the feeling how intelligent, visionary the leader and his wisdom have been applied in these areas. But as nothing is done wrong by his adminsitration, telling the palatable through dharmishta rhetorics has been his nature of politics. People should raise the question – who is this MR ? Could he be able to win the war alone by him ? Why he and his men grabed the credit that should have been given to SF and his soldiers at first place and some degree of the credit to his administration.

    • 5

      You are spot on:

      Now we all have to bear it. Majority folks are accountable for the today´s disaster.
      This we become more clear if one had listened to Anura Kumara Dissanayake on 23/03/2014. JVP has to be there if we really want to achieve tangible human development in the country.

      There is nobody who would have the talent to explain it as clearly as he does.

      Please click on this and then further.. so that one can read all the parts of his speech.

    • 3

      ‘puthe nethi ekata athiunoth vinasayak’ pearls of wisdom …how true!
      The ‘ maha ekaa ‘ has quickly transformed himself from ‘nethi eka’, and
      is building a dynasty for himself and his progeny.This has been
      crafted through ‘the sad truth of the development’ which yeilds the
      ill-gottten gains for the transformation.The good name of the country
      and the well-being of the people have been sacrificed at the altar of
      his ego and ambition.
      ‘Who is MR?’
      He is the rogue who tried to steal the Tsunami aid given to the
      victims of the Tsunami.
      What a leader?! What a visionary?!
      Sri Lanka surely has better people than such a rogue to be a leader?
      Winning the war after killing off [allegedly]40,000 unarmed
      civilians,[citizens of the country], and taking credit for the victory
      excluding SF and contribution of the forces, is another cunning step
      to dupe the public to further his transformation.
      How intelligent !!
      So he and his men grabbed the credit for the war victory achieved
      without witnesses, and therefore nethi eka and his
      men are the persons solely responsible for the alleged war crimes and
      violation of human rights. It was ‘Gota’s war’ for the Family of the
      ‘nethi ekaas ‘.

      • 2

        Yes, see those roofless live under poverty line while their funds are being publicly abused by Rajapakshe offsprings for their shopping tours – costing for example a pair of shoes over 700 dollars. I really dont think the sons or daughters of any of european leaders (state leaders) would behave so. This is sure to me, none of them would do. Not even obama´s kids would live like that.
        Where have these fund come from ? Even daring to add them to local new papers is creating further allergies in poorest of the poor.
        Hope the weapon against this would be used by the folks – which none other than the UNIVERSAL FRANCHISE changing the current agony.

      • 4

        It seems the noose is getting tightened.. wait and see,
        you will not deceive the very same folks again and again. Folks should also learn to use their brains when using their ONLY weapon which is the UNIVERSAL FRANCHISE.

        They hurt people, then they hurt the wounds too.

        So is what General SF has been facing today. He said to the public TV yesterday the way how their targeted harrasments have been made on his election rally related arragements. It is very unfair… absolutely unthinkable. There even 10 year olds would raise the question, is this buddhists dominant nation ?

  • 6

    I really cant feel why even Mahanayakes takes the side of the HR violators. Had they been blind and deaf since 2012 ?
    Following is read on today´s head lines:
    “Four Maha Nayakes say-Certain politicians are to blame for US resolution”

    If these prelates had done the job well, nothing would have been like aggressive Ghanasara are that abusive to this day.

  • 4

    Its worth mentioning, the only newspaper who did not take a laptop bribe is “The Island” newspaper.

    • 1

      Bribes just not restricted to laptops!

    • 1

      “The Island” is second to the “Daily Noise” whose editor is Rajkattapal Abeynayake. They were asked to decline the laptop! Makes sense?

  • 1

    That picture of the toad Rajpal should always be displayed.

  • 2

    Good to see you back on CT, my friend!
    All indications are that Sri Lanka has reached the level of a Haiti with all semblance of democratic governance conspicuous by its absence and the residents running the penal institution/mental asylum, take your pick!
    As the eternal optimist, I keep hoping that I’ll be proved wrong!

  • 0

    the island’s daily task is to trumpet the imaginary great achievements of its inheritor at SLTelecom while running down all other state institutions.
    Sunday Times Editor thrives on tid-bits thrown his way by friends in high places , while pompously pretending to be independent.
    at least rajpal’s Daily news is honest in its bootlicking!

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