13 June, 2021

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Media Repression Is Now A Cornerstone Of Yahapalana Policy

By Mahinda Rajapaksa

Mahinda Rajapaksa

Mahinda Rajapaksa

While the people’s attention remains focused on the budget and on constitutional reform, the government has launched repression against the media. The secretary to the media ministry wrote to Derana TV last Friday asking them to explain the alleged distortion of a speech made by the president in one of their news bulletins before ‘further action’ is taken against the news channel. Earlier, on 25 October, the same official had written to Derana TV informing them that an inquiry is being conducted into this matter. The speech referred to was the one made by the president on 12 October at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute where he had said among other things that the CID, FCID and Bribery Commission were working to a political agenda and that he was opposed to the manner in which the former defence secretary and three commanders of the navy were taken to courts.

The very next day on 26 October, Derana TV had replied to the media ministry saying that in any TV news bulletin anywhere in the world, only a one or two minute segment of a  speech lasting 30 or 45 minutes would be broadcast. They had also pointed out that there was no difference between the segment of the speech they had broadcast and the content of a statement issued by the presidential media division on the same day. Despite this response, the media ministry secretary has once again called for an explanation from  Derana TV.

On 25 October the same day on which Derana TV was informed that an inquiry was being made against them, the media ministry secretary issued a letter revoking the broadcasting license of the CSN Channel. The three charges made against CSN was that the change of address of the channel had not been notified to the media ministry, that directors of the channel were members of a political party and that the annual accounts of the channel had not been filed with the media ministry. CSN has rejected all three charges stating that their address has remained the same since the inception, that none of their directors past or present had been a member of a political party and that annual accounts are not submitted to the media ministry by any media organisation. In any case, none of the charges made against CSN can justify an action as serious as the revocation of a broadcasting license.

Even though the letter sent to CSN by the media ministry secretary had stated that an inquiry had been held, CSN has informed the media that none of their directors or employees had been called for an inquiry.  Some time ago, a website critical of the government called ‘Lanka News Web Today’ was blocked by the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission. This government has arrested and jailed several young people for making posts critical of the government in their face book accounts.  On one occasion a youth returning from overseas was arrested at the airport for allegedly making death threats against the president on his face book account.  One of those arrested and jailed for making face book posts critical of the president was the deputy chairman of the Southern Provincial Council Sampath Atukorale.

All this is a part of a concerted effort to prevent the media from reporting anything detrimental to the government and to strike fear into young people so that they will not share critical thoughts about the government even on their private face book pages. The people have seen the manner in which the prime minister routinely issues threats to media organisations and to individual journalists. The action taken against Derana TV and CSN shows that the government has started following through with those threats. Last Saturday, the prime minister speaking in parliament in the presence of the President once again stressed the need to bring the media under their control.

Media repression is now a cornerstone of this government’s policy.  Not a day goes by without a major demonstration against the government. The government is avoiding holding the long overdue local government elections due to the fear of defeat. They are now trying to intimidate and control the media so as to prevent the people from being informed about what is going on in the country. We unreservedly condemn this attempt to stifle the media and to destroy the last vestiges of democracy in this country.

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    Putha Mahinda

    Media was ripped apart and journalists slaughtered during your regime.

    You rot the media to such a scale that it is still struggling to reemerge from its slumber.

    Cover your face hard with your hands and burp through your back like you were doing when you were a kid. It will only pollute the air and will not expose your double standard.

    • 12
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      Dear Mahinda,
      Whole world knew about your policy on Media freedom. Lasantha is only one example that is enough to tell about your way of media freedom. For you freedom means murder.

    • 6
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      Shameless most known man of the nation-As if you are born within last 2 years – just you come with the kind of critics.
      Go to a mirror and see it clearly, at least then you will identify who you are.

      Pleaes read the following article and comments of it- so that you can help finding who you really are.

      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/response-to-mahinda-rajapaksas-grievance-on-government-media-repression/#comments

    • 8
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      This man should go to a proctocologist and have his both ends checked – I have no doubt the man speaks from his back end now. How can a man in his age to have forgotten it fully. Just because his greediness to return to power is above anything else, he must not dare to criticise the way he has been upto now.
      Yes, we the folks led by curent prez and PM are no happy the way some men supportive to you have no guts to reveal yet how worst your administration had been. See, the man who went to attack Sirasa is being interviewed by Sirasa today. Almost every smiple simon would add their thoughts against anything in the country today, but they seem to have no fears for white van abductions or physical assaults.
      If you are not suffering from Demecia you should be well aware of the manner you governed or let things stay the way they had been – just to please your supporters.
      BBS dogs did all harm creating anarchy like situation in Aluthgama, until your regime decided to rebuild them houses, nothing was done enough to block those racial acts directly carried out by BBS dogs.
      There had been incidents, BBS dogs vandalized CCTV cameras and pvt properties of innocient people, just because your rule blocked then police not allowing them to react indepdently. Remember ?

      Please go to library and read the archives of newspapers, so that you can inform yourself.

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      MY wish is pharma industry to produce new medical drugs to help Mahinda Rajapakshe kind of former leaders.

      Those medication should make them aware, that these men did more harm to their own folks than all the good them happened to make.

      As records say, this man MR is not known to have Demencia – but the very same man to continue saying a different fairy tale today – as if his regime did all good to the nation – is for me like no comphehesible – may be he feels thatthe very same folks would remain stupidier than had been before.

      There is a saying, you can fool a nation, but you will not succeed if you try to fool the very same nation again.

    • 6
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      To this day, every 10 year old would know

      surname Rajapakshe is synomous to

      1) Killing
      2) Let people abducting and missing
      3) Physical assualts
      4) High profile hidden murders
      5) Peityless – case Thadjudeen
      6) Night care races – exaggerating sound exposure
      7) Tourist torture
      8) Electric chair
      9) Trade embargo
      10)Human rights violation
      11)State find abuse for sky high Rajapakshe portraits
      12)Sil redi and sewing machine distribution for vote grab

      • 2
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        its just part of the complete list

  • 14
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    During the Rajapaksas government it was far worse so you can’t afford to talk about media freedom….
    What about your attempts to silence the media through intimidation, murder and censorship!?

    Your government(Rajapaksas) even blocked Colombo Telegraph!?

    This government has done nothing to deal with the rise of Buddhist terrorism just like the Rajapaksas regime!?(one of its biggest failures)

    The Minister of Justice and BUDDASASANA Wijeyadasa Rajapaksa is dodging the issue of Buddhist terrorism by using ISIS as an excuse for his inaction and inability/unwillingness to deal with Buddhist terrorism…

    This supposed spread of radical Islam in Sri Lanka is definitely connected with the failure/unwillingness of both the Rajapaksas regime and the MS, RW Government to deal with this radical Buddhist terrorism that is destroying Sri Lanka.

  • 8
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    Mahinda Rajapaksa

    RE: Media Repression Is Now A Cornerstone Of Yahapalana Policy

    They also cover up you and your cronies criminal activities.

    The Yahapalaya, Good Governance, folks are getting there to the low levels you were able to get… just give some more time. Then you can say, it was better under me than under Yahapalanaya.

    “With the support of 6.2 million, the present Sri Lankan Government swept into power, winning both the presidential and general elections on the slogan of ‘GOOD GOVERNANCE’ – it was believed, to end, the ‘Bad Governance’ of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.”

    “The ‘GOOD GOVERNANCE’ election manifesto of ‘Ranil’ and ‘Maithri’ who led this unique rainbow coalition contained many promises – those which the public trusted and voted for, key amongst them:….”

    In a nutshell, what we have is the deception of the 6.2 million who voted for Good Governance. You also deceived the 5.5 million. After all, the average IQ of the Land is 79.

    The President Sirisena, turned out to be a Turncoat*, Traitor**, Gona*** Mala-Perathaya**** Sirisena, who deceived those voters ands sold himself to the Rajapaksa and his cronies.

    Turncoat*: a person who deserts one party or cause in order to join an opposing one.
    synonyms: traitor, renegade, defector, deserter, betrayer; Judas, Benedict Arnold; fifth columnist

    Traitor** a person who betrays a friend, country, principle, etc.
    “they see me as a traitor, a sellout to the enemy”

    synonyms: betrayer, backstabber, double-crosser, renegade, fifth columnist; turncoat, defector, deserter; collaborator, informer, mole, snitch, double agent; Judas, Benedict Arnold, quisling; informalsnake in the grass, two-timer, rat, scab, fink
    “convicted traitors will be executed”

    Gona*** Colloquial Sinhala, a Whore, to the Rajapaksa and his cronies, for the stolen billions.

    Mala-Perathaya**** Somebody who eats off the dead, like Sirisena accepting Santhosams, largesse, from the Rajapaksa killers, on the Mala-Peretha smile.

    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Maithripala-photo-via-his-Media-Director-.jpg

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    Of course there are regular protests! This is the freedom permitted by a sound democracy and you had army intelligence operatives stationed everywhere. Every time a protest was forming you were able to sabotage it right from within! This is not practiced by the present government so stop fooling the masses with your fodder!

    Yes Bopage does not seem right but was it not you that raised him up???

    While this regime is no perfect, you crying wolf is like the very wolf vociferously guarding the sheep! You hypocrite, you are so bent on grabbing power you seem to employ the same dirty racial tactics that led to your very downfall! Your ideology is bankrupt and you do not have any light on your face. Your wife is being put on the media to whitewash your stink. If you have any shame you would not even sight the limelight!

  • 10
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    Bloody A…..e,

    What f…… Bullshit are you talking ? through your mouth or your a… ?

    Bloody murderer, no journalist has been killed or taken out from the face of the earth, unlike under your brute dictatorial, murderous rule.

    Shut the f… up and visit your rogue BIL in Welikada, who tried to flee the country after robbing in Millions.

    Bloody rogues and murderous family including the extended families.

    You buggers can survive until there are 5.7 Million idiots live in our country.

  • 7
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    A Pot Calling Pan Black

    Levi

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      Levi

      “A Pot Calling Pan Black”

      Lapdogs were bought off with laptops.

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    Mahinda

    “Media Repression Is Now A Cornerstone Of Yahapalana Policy”

    These policy could be changed if you find them genuinely biased against you, and the your family.

    On the other hand do you expect your clan be given permanent special status, allowed to enjoy impunity?

    Seriously, do you really believe in what you have typed above?

  • 5
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    We are getting tired of hearing the pot calling the kettle black. During the Rajapaksa reign, journalists were kidnapped, threatened, harassed, and may I add Lasantha. If the Rajapaksas had nothing to do with all that, they would have condemned these attacks on these journalists, and found the criminals who used white vans and threats to silence them. Hypocrites.

    We are not buying this nonsense.

  • 8
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    This oft-repeated List took place under your watch – and has no precedence in our History:
    LIST OF KILLINGS OF JOURNALISTS AND MEDIA WORKERS
    2004
    1.Aiyathurai A. Nadesan – Journalist / 31 May
    2. Kandaswamy Aiyer Balanadaraj – Writer / 16 August
    3. Lanka Jayasundera – Photo journalist / 11 December
    2005
    4.Dharmaratnam Sivaram – Editor / 28 April
    5. Kannamuttu Arsakumar – Media worker/ 29 June
    6. Relangee Selvarajah – Journalist / 12 August
    7. D. Selvaratnam – Media worker/ 29 August
    8. Yogakumar Krishnapillai – Media Worker / 30 September
    9. L. M. Faleel (Netpittimunai Faleel) – Writer / 02 December
    10. K. Navaratnam – Media worker / 22 December
    2006
    11.Subramaniam Suhirtharajan – Journalist / 24 January
    12. S. T. Gananathan – Patron, Tamil News and Information Centre / 01 February
    13. Bastian George Sagayathas – Media worker / 03 May
    14. Rajaratnam Ranjith Kumar – Media worker / 03 May
    15. Sampath Lakmal de Silva – Journalist / 02 July – killed by Army
    Intelligence
    16. Mariadasan Manojanraj – Media worker / 01 August
    17. Pathmanathan Vismananthan – Singer and musician / 02 August
    18. Sathasivam Baskaran – Media worker / 15 August
    19. Sinnathamby Sivamaharajah – Media owner / 20 August
    2007
    20.. Raveendran – Media worker / 12 February
    21. Subramaniam Ramachandran – Media personnel / 15 February
    22. Chandrabose Suthakar – Journalist / 16 April
    23. Selvarasah Rajeevarman – Journalist / 29 April
    24. Sahadevan Neelakshan – Journalist / 01 August
    25. Anthonypillai Sherin Siththiranjan – Media worker / 05 November
    26. Vadivel Nimalarajah – Media worker / 17 November
    27. Isaivizhi Chempian (Subhajini) – Media worker / 27 November
    28. Suresh Limbiyo – Media Worker / 27 November
    29. T.Tharmalingam – Media Worker / 27 November

    2008
    30.Paranirupesingham Devakumar – Journalist / 28 May
    31. Rasmi Mohamad – Journalist / 06 October
    2009
    32.Lasantha Wickrematunga – Editor / 08 January
    33. Punniyamurthy Sathyamurthy – Journalist / 12 February
    34. Sasi Mathan – Media worker / 06 March

    Permalink
    – See more at:
    http://blogs.channel4.com/miller-on-foreign-affairs/open-letter-sri-lankan-journalists/524#sthash.tYkkRfgD.dpuf

    19 Journalists Killed in Sri Lanka/ Source: Tamil H.R. ( Paris)

    Shoba, O’liveechchu May 18 or 19, in Mullivaikkal, Sri Lanka
    Puniyamoorthy Sathiyamoorthy, freelance February 12, 2009, in Mullaitheevu
    district, Sri Lanka
    Lasantha Wickramatunga, The Sunday Leader January 8, 2009, in an area outside
    Colombo, Sri Lanka
    Rashmi Mohamed, SirasaTV October 6, 2008, in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
    Paranirupasingham Devakumar, News 1st May 28, 2008, in Jaffna, Sri Lanka
    Suresh Linbiyo, Voice of Tigers November 27, 2007, in Kilinochchi, Sri Lanka
    T. Tharmalingam, Voice of Tigers November 27, 2007, in Kilinochchi, Sri Lanka
    Isaivizhi Chempiyan, Voice of Tigers November 27, 2007, in Kilinochchi, Sri Lanka
    Selvarajah Rajeewarnam, Uthayan April 29, 2007, in Jaffna, Sri Lanka
    Subash Chandraboas, Nilam April 16, 2007, in an area near Vavuniya,Sri Lanka
    Subramaniyam Sugitharajah, Sudar Oli August 12, 2005, in Colombo, Sri Lanka
    Dharmeratnam Sivaram, TamilNet and Daily Mirror April 29, 2005, in Colombo, Sri Lanka
    Lanka Jayasundara, Wijeya Publications December 11, 2004, in Colombo, Sri Lanka
    Bala Nadarajah Iyer, Thinamurasu and Thinakaran August 16, 2004, in Colombo, Sri Lanka
    Aiyathurai Nadesan, Virakesari May 31, 2004, in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka
    Mylvaganam Nimalarajan, BBC, Virakesari, Ravaya October 19, 2000, in Jaffna, Sri Lanka
    Anura Priyantha,Independent Television Network December 18, 1999, in Colombo, Sri Lanka
    Indika Pathinivasan, Maharaja Television Network December 18, 1999, in Colombo, Sri Lanka

    6 Journalists Killed in Sri Lanka/Motive Unconfirmed
    http://www.cpj.org/killed/terminology.php
    Sahadevan Nilakshan, Chaalaram August 1, 2007, in Jaffna, Sri Lanka
    Sinnathamby Sivamaharajah, Namathu Eelanadu August 20, 2006, in Jaffna, Sri Lanka
    Sampath Lakmal, Sathdina July 1, 2006, in Colombo, Sri Lanka
    Vasthian Anthony Mariyadas, Freelancer December 31, 1999, in Vavuniya, Sri Lanka
    Atputharajah Nadarajah, Thinamurusu November 2, 1999, in Colombo, Sri Lanka
    Rohana Kumara, Satana September 7, 1999, in Colombo, Sri Lanka

    http://www.cpj.org/killed/terminology.php

  • 3
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    Watch and learn how to be shameless.

  • 2
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    you war criminal, we know how you have treated Rajpal Abeynayake and Mr.Lasantha Wickrematunga.

    I just want to ask more about Thajuddin, White flag etc.

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    You are suffering from dementia because of corrupt family who brought you down with greed?

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