19 January, 2020

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Namal’s Media Coordinator Behind FB Fake News Campaign

Namal Rajapaksa’s staff member Kelum Priyankara is the mastermind behind a massive fake news operation targeting SLPP’s political opponents, Colombo Telegraph can reveal.

Kelum Priyankara holds the official title of media coordinator to Namal Rajapaksa the MP from Hambantota. His uncle Gotabaya Rajapaksa is running for president in the November 16 election.

Priyankara is the originator of a series of fake news posts claiming UNF candidate Sajith Premadasa slaughtered seven pregnant elephants in Habarana to fulfill a vow after he won the candidacy of the UNP.

On Thursday (10) soon after Premadasa’s rally at Galle Face, Priyankara circulated images on Facebook claiming that a man standing behind the UNP candidate was Dr Shafi who performed sterilisations. The same post also ridiculed Premadasa for being childless.

The young MP from Hambantota prides himself on a cosmopolitan outlook and regularly chastises the UNP and other parties for spreading fake news and misinformation. However, one of the biggest generators of misinformation is a well-entrenched staff member within his own fold.

Kelum Priyankara and Gotabaya Rajapaksa

Kelum Priyankara was once also questioned by the Criminal Investigation Department over a complaint made by UNP MP Gayantha Karunatilleka, also on the grounds that he spread fake news about Karunatilleka putting promotional labels on flood relief items. However to date he remains a member of Namal Rajapaksa’s staff.

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  • 7
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    Highlighting mudslinging is also mudslinging.

    CT, don’t do it.

    Instead see the possibility of legal remedy for it.

    However people know that top level politicians are superstitious.

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      Real Revolutionist
      Both sides do it, as their contestants are dumb idiots who cannot impress the voters of their practical solutions on critical matters facing our country. One utters proficient gibberish while the other says imbecillicus gibberish. May the Sacred Tooth Relic save my country!!!

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        One man says if elected he will work 365/24. People say this time a comedian is contesting from the slave government;s side.
        Other one says he will give fertilizer free of charge. Surely he doesn;t live in Sri Lanka otherwise he should have known that many consumers now prefer organic rice and also a larger number of farmers have voluntarily opted for chemical-fertilizer-free farming.
        Moreover, he says that he will write off farmers; debt. What will happen? Farmers will go and obtain more loans. These are cheap election promises of someone who has no ability to feel the pulse of rural masses.
        Both these contenders are unable to impress voters with their future plans. The reason is they have no practical plans for the country. They both use age old political tactics to woo voters which will not work out this time as the masses are very much ahead of politicians.

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          I concur. All these unscrupulous morons have Indianised this country. I hope now our people finally wake up. Enough of this “auction of non existent resources” and that too for the most meaningless gimmicks. Instead, let us free ourselves from the shackles of all these Indian bootlicking parties and vote for the Alternatives. Shame Nagananda didn’t contest, he was the best. But any of the others are better than this pathetic lot like the UNP, SLPP, JVP. All useless old fools who ruined the country promising more of the same (mis)management as before. When we could be like Singapore (a country that once emulated us when Ceylon was prosperous and well run), these people instead have turned us into a beggar third world Indian lackey. None of them have a practical plan for the country or want to remove the wasteful unnecessary bureaucracy which burdens the people like Provincial Councils etc. Completely ridiculous. Vote for change and expel the lot of them!

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      Mudslingers have to be exposed in time.

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      Calling a spade is a spade is mud slinging. There is nothing new here in the way rajapassa brothers doing their business. Expect more now and bit more later if they win. There were judges to get the verdict they want . Remember supreme court judges Sarath Silva.Asoka de Silva and the Mohan Peirris.. What more you want.

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    Illegitimate people are doing such things in corrupted society.

    Namal Rajapaksa is a SON of mahinda Rajapaksa…. No need to elaborate about their character.

    That is not Dr, Safi…..That is member of parliament from Anuradhapura district.

    What Mahinda did in his life ….Now namal and other henchmen do the same.

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      Saman – “What Mahinda (Medamulana Meeharaka) did in life…now Namal (synthetic “lowyer) and other henchmen do the same.” Yes, Meeharaka, Gotler, Mr.20%, GCE OL failed synthetic “lowyer” and others are already in the departure lounge waiting for Kharma!

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        Mike chooti putha..go back to school and learn to spell before you start commenting about a Lawyer’s “O” level. It was 17 – 0 in Elpitiya last night. You say “Kharma” ???
        ..it’ s more like Kama suthra!!!!

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          CJ – You pervert, you have been reading books on Kama Sutra to satisfy your biological needs. Keep on sniffing the Rajafucksha clan’s loincloth!

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      Samansh
      Mahinda doesnt sling mud at his opponents, like other Rajapaksas. Show me an example of him doing so.

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        Champa, Mahinda is a ball of mud so he can’t do it himself.
        His siblings have to do it for him.

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      Saman,

      Fake news, Fake Citizen, Para ..etc. and can the low mean IQ 79 Citizens sort the truth from the lies, when they continue to prostrate to the trees, statues and imbecile saffron clad monks?

      This is where the IQ makes it critical in sorting the truth.

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      Besides,
      Mahinda is the person whose wife ‘s murderous acts were not controlled well:
      There are a number of evidence to prove that the defender vehicle which was used for murder of rugby player was given by former President a wife.
      All in all, murderous family to be seen and made as saints are being done by the media business men of this country.
      For some reasons, those media fraudsters seem tob e not thinking about the people but about their pocket filling tactics.
      Untruths become truths to the poor folks or made them believe so.

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    Are you fucking saying UNP is NOT engaging in Fake news. Go check their Facebook posts. What do you think they did in 2015? It caught the technology Dinosaurs in the Rajapakse clan napping. Gold horses, Lamborghinis? You were spreading those stories too. #18billion in Dubai ? In 1977, before the advent of social media,UNP were engaged in deadku fake news via kala paththara. In the 1960s fucking UNP paper published photos of Sirimavo’s daughter in a mini skirt with a cigarette in London. They LIED like crazy before 1977 election. [edited out]

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      Thonda’ s keep has got her knickers in a twist, and is getting all agitated. This is public forum and better keep your language a bit more parliamentary then again it looks like you are truly the Rajapakshe’s Keep aka Mistress. Hence the gutter language you use is certainly expectable.

      No wonder we are truly the wonder of Asia when we have gullible brown noses such as yourself who would belief that even the feces that flows out of the Rajapakshes’ rear orifices is laced with gold and diamonds.

    • 11
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      The stories about gold horses and Lamborghini s is true you moron

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    Can I pose a question? Aren’t we wasting time and energy on yet another lackey who wish to look in front of his master a good propagandist? Hitler valued Goebbels. Why? The propaganda machine is so important to prop up one’s public image and decry the opponent. That is true for a closed society, like the frogs in a deep well. With the electronic age, all are in the open. Isn’t it a good idea to make it illegal this kind of bumsucking so that the Sri Lankan community as a whole can look forward to a better quality of politics?

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      Sice you seem to remember Hitler and Goebbels so well….i am wondering how you have completely forgotten about a certain Premadasa who sent his opponents to meet thier maker!!!
      Because of Senior Premadasa we lost every competent leader In this country…. now you want better quality politics from Junior ??? Good luck mate!!!!

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        I have not forgotten Ranasinghe Premadasa and his tyre pyres. Just because some fellow exploded in the streets and gone has done something seriously wrong, does not give the young a precedent to do wrong. Whether it is a lackey Prince Namal or Prince Sajith the standards are the same. I know very well during Father Premadasa’s time a certain doctor (God knows his medical knowledge) used to meet the big man and say “Yes Sir! Yes Sir!” and show an image to the rest that he can get anything done out of His Axcellency. Boy! the doc got down several cars duty free in the pretext of some BOI venture. Being a lackey is an investment to some but this culture must stop.

  • 4
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    kelum priyankara looks like karuna.someone should putthat photo on a sinhala paper. and circle his face and say gota and karuna are shoulder to shoulder after karuna killed the 600 policeman.

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    Problem with this current unp under ranil the joker is that he is npt doing anything to eliminate such elements politically. Instead he does deals with such people. Eg Wimal. When he got caught with fake passport, ranil helped him. Instead he should have used that opportunity to totally eliminate him politically. This is the biggest difference between JR/Premadasa vs Joker Ranil. Even cbk was a better politician than Joker Ranil

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    Sice you seem to remember Hitler and Goebbels so well….i am wondering how you have completely forgotten about a certain Premadasa who sent his opponents to meet thier maker!!!
    Because of Senior Premadasa we lost every competent leader In this country…. now you want better quality politics from Junior ??? Good luck mate!!!!

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    Issue is this. Most voters in Sri Lanka are un educated people. So then easily they can be fooled and mislead. What is the end result ? Even after 60 years of independence, country is ore or less stagnated. Especially after JR & Premadasa Regime. Premadasa allowed uneduated people to come to politics. Saga stared there on wards. ‘Same minds thins alike’ – means choose alike, praise alike, vote for alike

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    Namal is an utter goat who is trying to churn false accusations on Sajith. When his Uncle Gota -Baya becomes the Autocratic President of Sri Lanka he will be able to escape from all cases filed against his money laundering deals etc !! People should be careful to elect a dictator like Mugabe who will be President for life and the country will be ruled by over 200 Raja -Passa relations for ever! All the crooks who stole from Government coffers will be pardoned by Mugabe and will be encouraged to rob more and more till the skin and bone of the ordinary citizens will remain and most of them will either be exterminated or die of Hunger!!! The Buddhist clergy will support Mugabe and will revolt against him like in Burma!!!!!!

  • 1
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    Anyway what is the name of that guy whose face is circled in the pic? Standing behind SP, that guy was really annoying while SP was addressing.

  • 2
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    People, do your bit to save SL from Fascism.

    Don’t wait for others to do it. Do it small.

    Repeatedly call Rajapaksa voters racists. They are plain racists. Ask the question – are you also a racist? Did you too burn mosques, churches, riot against minorities? If not, you won’t be voting for Racistpakshas.

    Drive home this message if you love the nation or civility.

  • 6
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    Namal Baba and the 40 thieves are not what the country needs.

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    It is happening every where even in the US. Trump has from the beginning quoting from conspiracy websites, attacking his rivals with false allegations, and projecting on them what he is guilty of. He has an ugly habit of making statements which are unfounded, after watching his propaganda media, Fox News. His supporters are of like minded ready to believe the lies, despite reputed fact checkers concluding that he has lied over 12,000 times since taking office. It seems they have low standards when it comes to a leader. Adultery, lying, corruption, racism, and dividing the country, are all okay.
    So why are we surprised here? They play dirty, unable to win on their own achievements, record, and history. Social media is the only way to convince the naive, the ignorant, and those who hate, that the other side is worse. Pictures are doctors, lives are shattered, and good people are accused of things that forever change their lives. Winning by hook or by crook.

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    how did the cardinal enlist namals former security as his own security
    and he says he like sira is neutral

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