By Colombo Telegraph –
Colombo Telegraph regrets to announce that Dr. Vickramabahu Karunaratne’s submissions will not be published for reasons of intellectual dishonesty and political irresponsibility. This decision came into effect on Wednesday December 19, 2012. The decision was taken in the context of correspondence detailed below.
On December 18 Colombo Telegraph sent an email to Karunaratne asking whether he phoned the Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremasinghe to request that he covers up misconduct on the part of a member of his party. The substance of that email is as follows:
1. We have credible evidence that you talked to Ranil Wickemasinghe and urged him to not write to Lord chris patten regarding BBC journalists applying for interest free loans as per a scheme set up by the Government of Sri Lanka. Why did you do this?
2. What is your opinion on your party member, BBC journalist Chandana Keerthi Bandara, applying for this interest free loan from state banks where the treasury paid the interest to the relevant bank using tax payer money?
3. Don’t you think that this is unethical and amounts to a bribe being given to journalists by the Rajapaksa regime?
He didn’t reply and when we sent a mild reminder he sent a one word response on December 19: “thanks”. We then asked him again to answer our questions. He has not. When he came on gmail chat and we again asked him to answer our questions. He has not. For the record, Dr Vickramabahu Karunaratne regularly chats with Colombo Telegraph and its journalists.
Dr Karunaratne is a strident commentator on issues relating to corruption, accountability, good governance, media freedom, responsible media etc. His silence is disturbing and immoral, we are forced to conclude.