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Media Freedom: Diaspora Lackeys And GoSl Lackeys

By Lakshman I.Keerthisinghe –

Lakshman Keerthisinghe

‘If all mankind minus one were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person, than he, if he had power, would be justified in silencing mankind.’ -John Stuart Mill in his essay ‘On Liberty’ (1859)

It was recently reported in the media that at a workshop for media in Sri Lanka which was held by the government to mark World Press Freedom Day, under the title “Patriotism and the role of media”, Minister of Mass Media and Information Keheliya Rambukwella said that Sri Lanka’s media has to act responsibly and with self-constraint. The Minister said that “The media which is a trustworthy and powerful tool in moulding people’s opinion and understanding is playing an important and powerful assignment similar to the legislature, the executive and the judiciary. If the people get true information about things happening in the country at all times they will come to right conclusions. The trust of the people will not get slackened. But distorting of information, misleading the people’s opinion, and destabilizing the society by using the media are also taking place. In this regard that it is important that the professional journalists should act with the right understanding,”

The Minister’s statement reminds one of the statement made by the Director General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, where it was said that ‘The freedom to speak and the freedom to write are essential preconditions for the transition towards democracy and good governance,’ Early human rights documents incorporated the Freedom of Speech. In England, the Bill of Rights 1689 granted freedom of speech by Article 3. The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen adopted during the French Revolution in 1789, asserted that the freedom of speech is an inalienable right. Article 11 of the said Declaration stated that, ‘The free communication of ideas and opinions is one of the most precious rights of man. Every citizen may accordingly speak, write and print with freedom, but shall be responsible for such abuses of this freedom as shall be defined by law.’ Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights(UDHR) adopted in 1948 states that, ‘Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression, this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.’ Today the right is recognized in international human rights law. The right is enshrined in Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), Article 13 of the American Convention on Human Rights (ACHR) and Article 9 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR). John Milton argued that in addition to the right to express and disseminate information and ideas, it also encompassed the right to seek, receive and impart information and ideas. History reveals that in Ancient Athens during the 5th and 6th Centuries BC, the democratic ideology of free speech evolved. Freedom of religion and speech were cherished ideals in the Roman Republic. In the 7th century AD, Caliph Umar in the Rashidun Period, first declared freedom of speech in Islamic ethics.

Article 14(1) (a) of the present (1978) Constitution of Sri Lanka provides that: ‘Every citizen is entitled to the freedom of speech including expression and publication.’ Article 3 asserts that ‘In the Republic of Sri Lanka sovereignty is in the People and is inalienable.’ Sovereignty includes the powers of government, fundamental rights and the franchise.’ Article 4(d) ensures that ‘the fundamental rights which are by the Constitution declared and recognized shall be respected secured and advanced by all the organs of government, and shall not be abridged, restricted or denied save in the manner hereinafter provided.’ Article 15 in 8 sub-articles sets out the restrictions on the aforementioned provisions in detail. Restrictions on fundamental rights, including those described above, may be placed in the interests of national security, public order, protection of public health or morality, racial and religious harmony or in relation to parliamentary privilege, contempt of court, defamation or incitement to an offence, national economy or for securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others or meeting the general welfare of a democratic society. Thus it is seen that the fundamental rights of a citizen are not absolute but restricted.

In the case of Sinha Ratnatunga v.The State {2001}2Sri LR 172, The Court of Appeal held as follows: ‘What the Press must do is to make us wiser, fuller, surer and sweeter than we are. The Press should not think that they are free to invade the privacy of individuals in the exercise of the constitutional right to freedom of speech and expression merely because the right to privacy is not declared a fundamental right of the individual.’ It was further held that: ‘The law of defamation both civil and criminal is also geared to uphold the human beings’ rights to human dignity by placing controls on the freedom of speech and expression. The press should not seek under the cover of exercising its freedom of speech and expression, make unwarranted incursions into the private domain of individuals and thereby destroy his right to privacy. Public figures are not exceptions. Even a public figure is entitled to a reasonable measure of privacy.’ It is also important to note that the Court held: ‘The press is all about finding the truth and telling it to the people. In pursuit of that, it is necessary that the press should have the broadest possible freedom of the press. In other words there should be very limited control over the newspapers. Otherwise wrong doing would not be disclosed. Charlatans would not be exposed. Unfairness would go un-remedied. Misdeeds in the corridors of power in government and private institutions will never be known. However, with that great gift of freedom of the press, comes great responsibility. In other words the more powerful the press is, it should also be a responsible press which will not abuse the enormous power it has.’

Dr. Wickrema Weerasooriya in his speech titled ‘Self Regulation of the Media: Some Thoughts from Experience’ at the Sri Lanka Press Institute on September 6, 2011 quoted Lord Buddha as follows: ‘You, yourselves should strive towards perfection. The Buddha can only show the way’. ‘Similarly’ he said ‘my humble request to Editors, Journalists and others associated with the media is, you, yourselves should strive towards ensuring a free and socially responsible media. The Code of Professional Conduct and the Press Complaints Commission and all what it is doing can only show the way.’

Due to the efforts of the Free Media Movement and other concerned groups of journalists, Chapter XIX of the Penal Code containing Sections 479 and 480 dealing with defamation has been abolished by the Penal Code (Amendment) Act No.12 of 2002. In 1998, the Colombo Declaration on Press Freedom and Social Responsibility was made. A revision was made in 2002, the year in which the Penal Code was amended to exclude the offence of criminal defamation. Lord Black of Brentwood, Executive Director British Telegraph Media Group and Former Director of the UK Press Complaints Commission in his foreword to the book titled ‘Other War – Sri Lanka’s recent struggle for media freedom.’ by Raja Weerasundera states, “It took many years, much sweat, toil and commitment, but in 2002, the government announced that criminal defamation would be abolished and the country’s media associations reciprocated by announcing that a self regulatory body, the Sri Lanka Press Complaints Commission would be formed.

It has been seen in recent times with the relentless anti government propaganda spread in both local and foreign print and electronic media, at the behest of the TGTE, its allied front organizations and the diaspora, hell bent to establish a State of Eelaam in the North and East of Sri Lanka, to name any journalist or writer who appreciates the service rendered to our motherland by the Sri Lankan Security Forces under the able leadership of the President in freeing our motherland from the maniacal butchering of Sri Lankans by the barbaric LTTE for three decades, as a racist or a lackey of the present regime. Such journalists are also insulted as those washing the dirty linen of the government. The journalists engaged by the TGTE and its allies washing the dirtiest blood soaked linen of Prabhakaran and the LTTE are heroes or freedom fighters in the eyes of these persons. As Minister Rambukwella very correctly stated at the workshop “As it has been emphasized in the Mahinda Chintana it is my belief that instead of using the media for mere political animosity, it should be used with self restraints for achieving country’s social, cultural economic development objectives and to raise the glorious name of the country without damaging social and moral ethics. “The journalists or the writers with separatist agendas seek to destabilize the present regime and replace it with a puppet regime in order to achieve their sinister objectives. While constructive criticism suggesting solutions to the problems that led to such criticism would be appreciated and respected by any right thinking person, destructive vindictive criticism would be harmful and should be rejected and despised at all times. Here the five ‘C’s in journalism become relevant. The reporting should be clear, correct, concise, complete and consistent. Of course correctness in reporting encompasses that the truth must be stated without fear or favour, There is no doubt whatsoever that although the truth can be suppressed for sometime, it will finally prevail as stated in the Bhagavad Gita ‘Sathyam mevathu Jayathu

In conclusion let me say with Thomas Carlyle in Heroes and Hero Worship, ‘Burke said there were Three Estates in Parliament; but in the Reporters’ Gallery yonder, there sat a Fourth Estate more important than all.’

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    Sri Lankan media is very hostile, very destructive, serves only their purpose, their needs or special interests, and therefore is UNTRUSTWORTHY.

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      Mr. Laksman Keerthisinghe,

      See what the Good Hamuduruwo, Ven. MADULUWAWE SOBHITHA THEROVe, has to Say about this subject.

      Listen to this from Ven. MADULUWAWE SOBHITHA THERO

      Honda Hamudurovo, Good Thero.

      Citizens! Not Subjects – Ven. Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thero

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbmqoaQ7okA

      To build a nation that respects law and order, that was his dream.

      They do not follow the Law and order, and need accountability to the Constitution and the Parliament.

      Dr. N. M. Perera had warned earlier, about the executive Presidency. The people are suffering because of this.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgq1AsDw_LA

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      MADULUWAWE SOBHITHA THERO 07

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        Here are more stories as to how the State Media publishes lies.

        1. On the strike of May 21 2013, to discredit the success of the strike.

        http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2013/06/02/modern-goebbels-have-begun-their-moves/

        Modern Goebbels Have Begun Their Moves
        By Vijitha Herath, MP

        Media can err. For example a correction could be made stating the crocodile was not in the Kelani River but in the Gin Ganga. That would be the end of that mistake. However, the erroneous reflection created in the reader’s mind due to a ‘planted’ wrong news item is extremely harmful. Such well-planned moves are not rare in present day local media. Despite appearing very harmless, they are really political exercises that have their targets. “The voice is the voice of Jacob, but the hands are the hands of Esau.” Whatever the publication is, it is the government that is behind it.

        A weekend newspaper had published a news item stating a trade union leader of the JVP is to be sacked. The writer had stated that ‘internal sources’ had stated the relevant trade union leader was to be sacked as he had acted without the approval of the Political Bureau.

        There was not an iota of truth in this news item. However, the news item was published on the front page of the newspaper. Normally the front page is considered the most important page of a newspaper. In electronic media it would have a place when headlines are presented. A serious political dialogue is ongoing as to why such a falsehood is given so much prominence in this newspaper.

        The news item is a part of the mudslinging campaign that was and is being carried out by the government against the token strike launched by the trade union movement in this country. The government’s intention is to claim that the token strike against the increased electricity tariff was not successful. However, merely saying the strike was a failure would not be convincing. For, the masses would not believe what the government states as it has a history of lying in such circumstances. As such, the government needs to garnish its fabrications with canards. This is why it has to hire various cats’ paws for such an exercise.
        The token strike launched on the 21st was not called by the JVP. It was launched by the collection of trade unions named ‘Coordinating Committee for Joint Trade Union Alliance’. Of course JVP trade unions played an active role in this exercise. The government tried to kill two birds with one stone by stating the JVP was sacking one of its trade union leaders for launching a failed strike. The first and the most sinister objective is to state that the token strike on the 21st was a failure. The other is to imply that crises have developed due to this. The government has dragged the JVP into the matter to make its fabrication look real.

        The masses who are interested in news know full well that the token strike action was not one that cropped up suddenly; it was a decision taken after many discussions were held over a long period of time and was launched after an allowance of a month’s notice was given in April for the government to bring down the increased tariffs. The Coordinating Committee for Joint Trade Union Alliance met the JVP and other political parties at the beginning of May to canvas support for its trade union action. As such, stating that the JVP has accused one of its trade union leaders for ‘launching a strike without the knowledge of the Political Bureau of the JVP’ is indeed ludicrous.

        One criterion of gauging the success of a strike is the nature of the confusion of the government. This is why it is emphasized in political history that during the 1953 ‘Harthal’ the then UNP government was so scared of the strike action that it had to have its cabinet meeting on the ship ‘Newfoundland’ that was berthed in the Colombo harbour. The token strike action on the 21st scared the government. This is why it unleashed the whole strength, force and frenzy of the state machinery; it had to resort to unethical and illegal acts of cancelling leave of all state employees, sending orders to field officers to sign the attendance registers thrice on that day; altering salary payment day for teachers to the 21st and scheduling ‘Sil’ campaigns organized for Vesak week to be held on the 21st.

        There is a bitter truth behind all this mania of the government. Despite attempting to conceal the participation of working masses in the token strike action, the effect of the trade union action on the government and how scared the government is regarding such a mass protest was amply displayed. The government considers masses rallying under a common slogan – lethal. This is why the government creates various types of fabrications, slander and lies in an attempt to dishearten and drive away from struggles the masses that are already rallying against the government. On the other hand the trade union action was a token strike that was called for a common cause. Even the 1980 strike was centered on a demand for a Rs 10 salary increase for each point on the cost of living index that rose up, which was actually a matter that affected the working masses only.

        However, the demand to bring down the increased electricity tariff totally represented the voice of the masses in this country. It was not a hardship that affects only working masses. Due to the increase in electricity tariffs all electricity consumers, especially those who consume a fewer number of units of electricity, are being battered. The truth that cannot be concealed is that thousands of employees of the state, private and estate sectors, teachers and university academics joined the strike action and also engaged in agitations at their work sites not for a mere trade union demand, but for a demand by the masses of this country.

        Employees of more than 264 private sector enterprises, employees of the health services, and postal and railway workers had participated in the token strike. A large number of schools throughout the island were crippled. Certain schools had to be closed down. Lectures were not held in all universities except in a few faculties. The Government Press was paralyzed. Work at several estates was completely stopped and a large number of estate workers joined the strike. The action did not confine itself to a mere strike. Shops and boutiques in several towns were closed down supporting the token strike while three-wheel drivers kept away in many towns. Masses had expressed their support for the action by hoisting black flags in several areas. However, the media failed to publish any of these. It is understandable that owners of media institutions have to think twice regarding publishing any event that receives the disapproval of the Rajapaksa regime. For, they would not be able to continue their businesses otherwise.

        This is different from reporting a trade union event. A people’s struggle is ripening. University teachers presented a people’s demand for an allocation of 6% GDP for the education of our children. It was the first such experience in the recent history and the struggle against the increased electricity tariffs is the second. This will attract the masses which would be battered by the electricity bill. What commenced on the 21st is this mass struggle. It is this truth that the modern Goebbels are making a vain attempt to conceal.

        Question: Who is Goebbels?

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Goebbels

        Goebbels rose to power in 1933 along with Hitler and the Nazi Party and he was appointed Propaganda Minister. One of his first acts was the burning of books. He exerted totalitarian control over the media, arts and information in Germany.

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        Tk u for ur valuable intelligent comment

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      Mr. plagiarist Keerthisingle, how are you man?
      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/rohini-marasinghe-and-the-proportionality-as-a-ground-of-judicial-review/ ( about your plagiarism)

      You say; “The journalists engaged by the TGTE and its allies washing the dirtiest blood soaked linen of Prabhakaran and the LTTE are heroes or freedom fighters in the eyes of these persons.”

      Who are they, can you name them? We know who the Govt lackeys are.

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        We can see what Anoma is after. Probably Mr Keerthisinghe is not interested.

        May be she should go to the Nation paper.

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        U ARE ONE OF THEM AS U ARE ALSO A DIASPORA LACKEY.

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    Lakshman Keerthisinghe: You have refused to answer
    accusations that you nothing more than a plagiarist.

    Are you jockeying for some government appointment,
    you bootlicker?

    Be careful. The anti tobacco lobby might insist that
    your photo gets on the inner side of cigarette packs
    with the warning – catch this plagiarist

    Being bald headed is no sign that one is an intellect.
    One can also be a robber of other people’s thought.

    Before you write any more, answer questions raised on
    plagiarism. You misled a lot of people with your plagiarist
    articles in The Sunday Leader. Give your full name – Lakshman
    Idiot Keerthisinghe – the next time.

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      Wilson
      As u have chosen to use the word ‘ IDIOT’ to defame me although I do not wish to sink to the low depths u have gone to,I think u deserve a taste of ur own medicine to correct ur idiotic vision, u moronic imbecile.U cowardly worm hiding behind a pseudonym and defaming others If u dare state ur true name and address to get the punishment u deserve failing which hold ur peace u cowardly worm/. How do u feel now u monkey?

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        Who are these diaspora lackeys ? Name them idiot, don’t runaway. We know who are the GoSL lackeys.

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    Would CT please refrain from publishing the completely vacuous output of this pandankaraya who bored the pants off those who had him inflicted on them in the days that he wrote for The Sunday Leader?
    He certainly qualifies for employment in one of the government rags, particularly by singing the praises of Keheliya Rambukwella, a person that I have never seen quoted by ANYONE before!
    Lakshman I.Keerthisinghe is nothing but a very poor and boring joke parading as a “writer” in anticipation of some crumbs from a corrupt table located at Temple Trees!
    If there is little comment about the content of his piece in CT, it is for the simple reason that there is no content to comment on!

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      Aney Appochchi

      Your posts are even MORE BORING !! :)

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      It seems to me as the whole pack of TGTE and diaspora lackeys are pouncing on me like a pack of hounds who are lynching at a piece of meat.Go ahead enjoy yourselves but remember,’There is no doubt whatsoever that although the truth can be suppressed for sometime, it will finally prevail as stated in the Bhagavad Gita ‘Sathyam mevathu Jayathu. So until then you hounds can fill up your empty bellies with the crumbs falling from Rudrakumaran’s table.Do not forget the maniacal butchering of Sri Lankans of all races by your departed diabolical blood thirsty leader Prabhakarn and the barabaric LTTE murdering innocent women and children too for thirty long years while u were crawling like worms inside ur hiding places.These comments would suffice for the future boot lickers of Prabhakaran and Rudrakumaran as well.My comments are closed.

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    What a damn joke Idiot Keerthisinghe. You are no
    more than a vulgar exhibitionist. You want to
    show your intellectual brilliance by stealing
    other people’s ideas and views. What a shameful
    reprehensible worm you are. I have no other words
    to describe such a sycophantic coolie like you.

    I respect CT’s policy of allow people holding different
    points of views to say it. But please rpt please, do NOT
    allow barbaric sycophants like Idiot Keerthisinghe to use
    your site as a platform to worm his way into a government
    job. Not at a time when all homes in Sri Lanka are now
    connected to sewers. The days when the stuff that is left
    over by men and women was collected to be dumped elsewhere
    is gone.

    My name is Wilson. I have not hidden behind a pseudonym.
    Morons like you are a great threat to society. Keep trying
    to worm your way, Idiot Keerthisinghe.

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      OK WORM VILSON GIVE UR FULL NAME AND ADDRESS AS U ARE SCARED TO DO SO. THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF WILSONS IN THIS WORLD.IS THIS THE WAY YOU REVEAL UR IDENTITY U MORON.

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    What a shame. CT should carefully consider
    their editorial policy and leave out cheap
    minions from seeking job opportunities through
    your space.

    Wilson is right. He is an ABSOLUTE idiot.

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      Now another absolute idiot has joined Wilson.I ONLY NEED UR FULL NAME AND ADDRESS IF U CAN STAND UP AS A MAN AND TAKE FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR NEEDLESSLY DEFAMING OTHER HUMAN BEINGS.WITHOUT REVEALING UR IDENTITY PL. DESIST FROM DEFAMING OTHER HUMAN BEINGS.ALL PEOPLE HAVE THEIR FEELINGS.IF I KNEW THAT THERE ARE SCUM BAGS IN THIS SITE I WOULD NOT HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THIS SITE WHICH HAS FAILED TO MODERATE THE COMMENTS MADE REGARDING CONTRIBUTORS.I HAVE MY LEGAL RIGHTS AND NO ONE CAN GET AWAY AFTER DEFAMING OTHERS UNDER THE LAW.IF U ARE SUCH A STRAIGHT FORWARD HONOYRABLE decent HUMAN BEING PLEASE REVEAL UR FULL NAME AND ADDRESS IN ORDER THAT MY LAWYERS CAN PREPARE THE NECESSARY PAPERS TO BRING U BEFORE COURT.I have been called a plagiarist by these people simply because by an oversight a source of some information has been omitted.This I have corrected.Is this the way for decent people to behave?Go on insulting people.These sadistic morons seem to be getting a satisfaction out of harassing others.WHAT A SHAME INDEED?

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        I am over 67 years of age.what is this job opportunity in Government service u fools are talking about for a man who is past his retiring age.What a shame indeed to have been made to associate with such scum bags.?

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        I am over 67 years of age.what is this job opportunity in Government service u fools are talking about for a man who is past his retiring age.What a shame indeed to have been made to associate with such scum bags.?
        MULLIWAIKKAL
        UR PSEUDONYM SAYS IT ALL

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    This is high fun.

    People should not be threatened for their opinions, no matter how dumb they seem to be.

    If the commentator is really Lakshman Keerthisinghe, shame on him too. Why he has to get into a fight with others?

    Lakshman Keerthisinghe must understand there are many frustrated people out there after 18 May 2009. Out of hurt they say things. Falling down to their low level shows who you are.

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      Good U Agree that low level people are frustrated after 18 May 2009 when these low level people’s low grade blood thirsty leader Prabhakaran ate the dust at Welamulliwaikkal.I AM A PATRIOTIC SRI lANKAN WHO LOVES MY COUNTRY.MY DEAR FRIEND ASANGA’S 12 YRAR OLD DAUGHTER PRIYANGI AND HER MOTHER WERE BLASTED BY THE BLOOD THIRSTY LEADER PRABHAKARAN.the little child’ s head was blown to pieces and some pieces were carried away by the crows so that her head could not be resurrected for burial THIS WAS THE FATE OF SRI lANKANS FOR 30 LONG YEARS.OF COURSE I SALUTE OUR LEADER PRESIDENT RAJAPAKSE FOR PUTTING AN END TO THAT MONSTER.WHAT MORE CAN I SAY?

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    You only need to read yesterday’s Daily News editorial
    page to know who Lakshman Idiot Keerthisinghe is. This
    is not an insult on a person but on an idiot who is trying
    to use CT as a platform to wean his way into a
    Goverment job. I am appalled at his ideas which has come
    as a total insult to CT readers. Take for example what
    Muliyawaikkal has said “shame on him too.” When I see that
    nauseating photograph, I want to puke. I quickly shift to
    another. I have an allergy – I cannot tolerate absolute
    idiots. Even if they are nothing but plagiarists and 67 years
    of age.

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      The cowardly worm WILSON is STILL wriggling behind his pseudonym too scared to mention his full name and address
      I have no time for worms like him and the other cowardly worms hiding behind pseudonyms and defaming others at will using this website as a platform due to the weakness of the moderator, who follow suit in CT.GOOD BYE WORMS WRIGGLE AS MUCH AS YOU LIKE IN YOUR POT OF REFUSE.
      BYE FOR GOOD.

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        Defamation? what are you talking man? Are you not a plagiarist? :) :)

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    The only truth Lakshman I. Keerthisinghe (neither keerthi
    nor Singhe) has said is that he is well past retirement
    age. Therein lay the catch. Instead of plagiarising, live
    in retirement you fool.

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    I am constrained to join this debate over Lakshman I.
    Keerthisinghe. Some say he is being criticized for
    what he has written. Others have, quite rightly,
    condemned what he is saying. This is not to kill the
    messenger but the outrageous messages. I do believe
    he is, to say the least, a damn fool. His own mother
    and father must be turning in their grave over what this
    two legged donkey is doing.

    Why am I saying so. Take for example, if someone were to
    say in CT that all males irrespective of their religion
    and age should be circumcised, there will be a lot who
    would be outraged. Why should Buddhists do so? Why should
    Tamils do so?

    This fellow’s boot licking Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella
    can go viral. People might believe he is right and some will
    not see through it. That is why some are taking exceptions to
    this influence peddler. To him, any one, man or woman, boy or
    girl, who does not agree with his views and ideas (some of them
    stolen) are TGTE and LTTE supporters. Go to hell Lakshman I.
    Keerthisinghe. Do me a favour. Do not get CT to post your photo.
    We will respond to what you say. It is sickening to see a moron
    and his destructive thoughts.

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    I am also a patriot who loves my country
    and my people. I don’t write that on my
    forehead or thrust that claim on others.
    I leave it to be judged by them based on
    what I say and do.

    L.I.(C) K irthisinghe is claiming he is patriot
    and an ardent lover of Sri Lanka. No one
    disputed the claim and that is not at issue. We
    really do not know. What is at issue is when he
    names others TGTE and LTTE sycophants.

    What is the logic for this conclusion?

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    1/ No one can DENY that Mahinda mama, Gotabaya and Sarath Fonseka rescued Sri Lanka from a very bad situation.

    2/ Most of those who criticize the present Government on various pretexts may not necessarily be Separatists, but they maybe members of opposition parties, or those who have personal agendas against the Government or even those who just resent the present governments popularity with the masses.

    3/ It is NO SECRET that had the government not been successful at rescuing Sri Lanka these very same critics would then be attacking the government for not being able to end the war etc..

    4/ The people who criticize the government for wasteful development projects etc should realize that even more money would have been wasted on military budgets etc, had the war continued.

    5/ It is also no secret that most of these critics were nowhere to be seen and were probably hiding under their beds in fear while the war was going on. Mow that the war is over they feel FREE enough to come out from under their beds to “nit pick” and “split hairs” about why the government is “so bad”

    6/ This government may not be PERFECT but which government was ?? There was corruption , abuses and other wrongdoings by governments all over the world including those in Sri Lanka and that will continue to be so in the future too. NOTHING IS PERFECT.

    7/ However, no one can deny that Mahinda Mama has done more good than bad for Sri Lanka at least until NOW :)

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    Anoma,Rufus and Inbam,
    My doctor recommends U

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    Anoma.Rufus and Inbam
    My doctor recommends Ubenzole -400 Abendazole tablets to cure your ailments.

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