2 October, 2020

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Mano Tittawella In Dual Role: Opposes Reconciliation By Promoting Lies Through His Media House Despite Top Reconciliation Role

Mano Tittawella, who also holds the position of Secretary General at the Secretariat for Coordination of Reconciliation Mechanisms appears to be opposing reconciliation instead of fulfilling his duties of promoting reconciliation in the country.

Mano Tittawella

Mano Tittawella

Gossipking.lk, a site owned by EAP Holdings, of which Tittawella, is the Chairman, was seen recently promoting a fabricated news story, which originally appeared in the Divaina newspaper with regard to the death of the two Jaffna university students and the bike they were traveling in. The same story claiming that the bike used by the students were an illegal one, was also highlighted in the Swarnavahini Live@8 Facebook page. Swarnavahini is also owned by EAP.

On October 25, a Divaina journalist by the name of Keerthi Warnakulasooriya wrote a fabricated news story claiming that the motorcycle used by the victims were a 1000CC motorbike, banned in Sri Lanka.

The story went on to say that the bike was ‘gifted’ to the victims by the diaspora (Tamil) living in Britain. However, the story was confirmed as a lie and was seen as a mischievous attempt aimed at spreading lies and attempting to justify the shooting incident which left two youth killed after police opened fire at them last week in Jaffna.eap

“The news media that comes under Tittawella should at least be responsible in their reporting, instead of just reproducing lies aimed at breaking down reconciliation. This is obviously planned, Keerthi writes lies, and Chathura De Alwis of Derana and other likeminded channels such as Swarnavahini promotes these lies,” a media researcher told the Colombo Telegraph.

The Divaina story has also received wide protest with civil society representatives writing a letter to the Divaina Editor, Jayantha Chandrasiri to protest against the article which appeared under the title ‘The Jaffna students who were shot were riding a prohibited high powered motorcycle.’ “The Bajaj CT 100 which the students were riding is a 100cc motorbike and NOT a “prohibited 1000cc bike” as stated in the news report. Furthermore, the writer uses this blatant lie, couched as a “fact”, to deliberately shift the focus of the reportage, and insinuate that the shooting, an incident of blatant police brutality, can somehow be explained or justified,” the letter signed by 55 people said.

They also called on the editor to take strong action against Warnakulasooriya for his irresponsible journalism, and issue a public apology for the newspaper’s unethical journalistic practice and policy.

The Bajaj CT 100 which the students were riding is a 100cc motorbike and NOT a “prohibited 1000cc bike: (Images taken by freelance photo journalist, Uthayarasa Shalin, on 21st October (Friday), 2016, at Kulappidi junction (site of the shooting), Kokuvil.)

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  • 7
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    The Motor cycle is legal, however how it was used perhaps isn’t!

    The part of the body where the bullet entered will easily determine who is at fault.

    The allegation is that the Motor cycle came charging towards the policeman when ordered to stop.

    If the bullet entered the body from the front then the cop can be exonerated.

    However, if the student was shot at his back or side then the cop could be guilty of man-slaughter.

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      you are naïve and have misunderstood the problem.
      what is left are 2 dead shot at by fascist and backed by a fascist majority.

      mano-tittawella playing the Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde but what about his third face??

      the one the viper is hiding?

      South Africa is out of ICC so SA stays out as example for law and justice to Lanaka reconcillation (no desmond tu tu no btf, gtf)- In any case SA does not not have an iota of Mandala in ti anymore.

      • 3
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        These kind of tactics are highly wrong. But before CMB telegraph points fingers at others, should it not take a lion share of it’s own here say, miss directed articles as well?Or maybe they have learn lessons from you guys.

        • 7
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          Gardner’s,small mind Small talk??

          He is laughed at who is for ever harping away on the same string.

          Lankans are often misled by the appearance of truth.

  • 7
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    Same most of the Colombo based medias do in most of the time !! This is the second incident within months !! I don’t think any one in Srilanka owning a 1000 cc motor bycycle !! Only the department of traffic can very this !!

  • 7
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    Nothing to be surprised about the tactics of the Gutter Media. They suck.

  • 5
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    Can’ understand why the UNP IGP’s constables shot these two Mopad riding students.

    Yahapalanan PM Batalanada Ranil even cracked a joke in Parliament saying this is just an Aaava Giyaa..Come and Gone incident.

    But he didn’t mention Baava..

    The Constables involved have been remanded and face lengthy remand periods even if they can’t be convicted.

    That is if the Yahapalana Law applies to the Constables the same way Batalanada is applying it to the brave Military Officers.who took the fight up to Mr Pirahaparan.

  • 8
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    The lying is the least of what should worry us – lying is in the DNA of (mostly) male Sinhalese. But the fact that he is heading Secretariat for Coordinating Reconciliation Mechanism. He should be taken out of that immediately. If not, why should people belief that the Sinhalese actually care about reconciliation?

  • 7
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    Reading the twists and turns shown by responsible Journalists and biased news media we can see how far away we are from any meaningful reconciliation in our country. Shame on you President Sirisena.
    It’s seven years since the end of armed ethnic strife and two years since the people voted you in to bring peace. If this is what you have achieved until now better tell the UNHCR that you have failed miserably.
    We better have a hybrid justice system to sort this out.

  • 5
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    De Silva,
    How the pillion rider died ? What are your theories on this ?
    Why the whole thing was reported as accident ? What are your theories on this ?
    How visible was the barricades ? If no barricades what signals the policemen gave ? Was there a night curfew in that area ? How do the students know these people are policemen ?
    When the pillion rider died ? On the spot after the crash or later ? What are your theories on these ?

    Some historical events :
    1. 1958 riots were caused by citizens in the NE
    2. Thugs evicted SJVC & his team from Galleface green because SJVC gang created it and they deserved it.
    3. Police or the armed forces had the right to maintain law and order so they set fire to Jaffna Library and the citizens of the north has to accept the police & armed forces verdict.
    4. 8 people died during the International Tamil Conference because the police were doing their duty to maintain laaw and order. Tamil citizens broke the law and have to accept the consequences.

    5. 1983 riots was started by the Tamil Citizens in NE. Police and the armed forces obeyed Cyril Mathew – JR orders allowed the Sinhalese citizens to punish the Tamil Citizens to maintain law & order.

    6.Lasantha, Raviraj,Ekneliyagoda, Sivaram and many others were killed to maintain law & order. They all deserved it because they were terrorist supporters this is the unofficial or official answer from the authorities.

    “ME PUNCHI LANKAWE APAGE PUTHE “. “APE AANDUWA DHARMICA AANDUWA “
    Budhu Saranai !

  • 6
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    Who appointed this Bovine Head to an important position. Someone in the calibre of Prof. Rajiv. Wijesinghe only deserves such a position. This bovine head has a cheap MBA from UK which many Sri Lankan idiots with money have earned. He is not different from those cheap folks.

    One shouldn’t be surprised at his inability to comprehend the gravity of conflicting roles he plays at two organizations.

    • 3
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      This guy is a boot licking shameless dumb arse with no proper education and/or credentials.

  • 6
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    Blaming the make of the motorcycle to ‘justify’ the shooting deaths of the two students who rode it can happen only in Sri Lanka.
    The man who allows publication of this type of news should not be in charge of “reconciliation”.
    The journalist who wrote this piece of news is a disgrace to his profession.

    • 5
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      GOOD COMMENT JUSTICE.

      SIRASA IS WORKING ON A POLITICAL AGENDA
      HIRU IS WORKING ON A POLITICAL AGENDA
      DERANA IS WORKING ON A POLITICAL AGENDA
      SWARNAVAHINI IS WORKING ON A POLITICAL AGENDA

      ALL THE MEDIA COOLIES AND GUTTER JOURNALISTS MENTIONED ABOVE HAVE ONLY ONE THING IN MIND- TO DESTROY THE UNP AND BRING BACK MAHINDA AND GOTA.

      THIS COUNTRY IS GOING TO BE A ANOTHER SOMALIA FOR SURE.

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