21 May, 2019

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Sinhala Extremists Hijack Daily Mirror Newspaper On Aluthgama Riots

The Daily Mirror newspaper edited by Champika Liyanarachchi which failed to report on the anti Muslim violence in the Aluthgama area for the past five days published a series of pictures in its newspaper today of Sinhala homes that had been damaged in the violence on Sunday.

Champika Liyanarachchi

Champika Liyanarachchi

The newspaper editors had claimed the under reporting of the religious riots in the south were born of a desire to refrain from inflaming communal tensions further in the light of the incidents, sources within the Daily Mirror Editorial told Colombo Telegraph.

However it published a series of photographs of Sinhala families whose homes had been damaged in the riots while JHU Minister Champika Ranawaka was on a visit to a Sinhala settlement in the Dharga Town area in its Saturday edition.

“It has exposed our prejudice. We are standing for aggressors of minorities we will stand up for the majority community but never ever for the minorities” a journalist at Daily Mirror told Colombo Telegraph.

The journalists said that it was a grave miscarriage of justice to fail to report on the fate of Muslims while attempting to portray the victimisation of the Sinhala community alone.

“We could have balanced it and written about it but we just stayed silent” the reporters said.

The newspaper has come into serious criticism for its failure to effectively report on the anti Muslim violence the past week. It has also condemned the social media users for updating about the violence on their private networks. The Daily Mirror position on social media has been no different to that of the state media newspaper Daily News which called Twitter users ‘vultures‘ for their reports on the issues in Aluthgama.

Saturday’s report and pictures of Sinhala settlements attacked were published under the title US creating another Taliban in Sri Lanka – words of JHU Minister Ranawaka who claimed the US was not taking a stronger stance on Muslim extremists operating in Sri Lanka.

Liyanarachi is alleged to be on intimate terms with the JHU minister Champika Ranawaka.

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    Navin says Sinha Ratnatunge Editor of the Sunday Times is “decent”

    My foot man! Sinha also has his agenda. When his Law Guru Lakshman Kadirgamar was foreign minister ,Sinha sang his guru praises,even when the latter took diabolical decisions.Sinha was silent in his news paper in all such instances.But now the fellow is all gunho about the foreign ministry attacking it for all and sundry reasons.He is doing so since GL Pieris never tolerates him.

    GL Pieris and LK never saw eye to eye in a clash of egos.So Sinha always draws parallels between GL and LK most of which is imagined.Most cabinet secrets came to Sunday Times via LK in Chandrika’s time.

    Sinha Ratnatunge’s journalistic ethics would surely make DB Dhanapala, Reggie Micheal and Mervyn de Silva vomit in their graves.

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    Another Champika and a True Sinhala Buddhist cheers or sadhu sadhu sadhu!!!!http://sdhammika.blogspot.com/2011/10/sadhu-sadhu-sabhu.html

    So proud. She makes us so proud. She can see through the dirt and find the roots of the problem. She has demonstrated to the whole world the truth that the muslims attacked the Sinhala Buddhists! She is a great and noble follower of the Indian Sakhyamuni Siddhartha Gautama. I think all Indians also must be proud of her and she may be invited to join the Modi Cabinet to look after muslim affairs.

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    Singha Ratnatunga is [Edited out]

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    Crazyoldmans,

    Please correct me if I am wrong but I have been told Gautama Buddha was born in Bhutan (or was it Nepal) not in what is today called India.

    Hameed

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    Shame on Mirror and the so called Buddhists who are lying blatantly, they have already lost credibility on the eyes of the international media. First the government lies and puts the blame incorrectly onto Muslims for the riots, arson in no limit is being turned to an “electric malfunction”. Moderate monks who criticize the hate mongering bbs are kidnaped tortured and left to die has been turned to “self inflicted” wounds, those who are criticizing the actions of the bbs are called racist and r arrested (without arresting not gnanasara who incited violence and proclaims to be a racist ) sheesh…..
    And still Sri Lanka is called the democracy????

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    Wow, she is cute. [Edited out]

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    Sinha Ratnatunga should not be attacked, but respected, revered and worshiped because he’s a great-grand nephew of our National Hero Anagarika Dharmapala.

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    I could not help but laugh about the charming
    Champika Liyanaratchchi being closed linked to
    Champika Ranawaka, a cabinet minister. As Jathi
    Alaya says she is equally good with Rauff Hakeem
    and is therefore able to taste the difference.

    I only want to add one thing more. Another person
    who held great influence over her was an Indian
    diplomat. It came to housebreaking proportions and
    the man was soon given marching orders to New Delhi.

    All this is in the name of media freedom and
    professionalism.

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    This is the most disgusting comment thread against a woman I have come across on CT to date.

    I am appalled!

    Sharmini Serasinghe

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      Dear Madam;

      It may be disgusting comments on that woman. you may do not like that.

      But the C T readers and bloggers should have the rights to have, The TRUTH to be told.

      Don’t you think so, impartially and unbiased.

      As you have done before, we like to say, express our frustration and dislike of those blood sucking males and females SRI LANKA ruling Draculas.

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      Ms.Serasinghe

      I hope you realise now , that you have compromised your own integrity by giving credibility to such garbage .

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      O Serasinghe, Have you become another Radical Kumarasamy? The woman the commentators question did a nasty piece of inside job against a people and their conscience. Do you still love this Mata Hari?

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      Where is the Veddah and Amare, I expect of their rebukes and views on the issues of categorized Female rights.

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    “Liyanarachi is alleged to be on intimate terms with the JHU minister Champika Ranawaka.”
    Only to this specific comment I could say Shamini Serasinghe is dame right !!!!!
    Come on TC editor, I thought you bread a better quality of journalism.
    How could you blow out so much about women’s human right violations in Sri Lanka on your website and publish such a damming accusation on the other side ? Have you any pictorial or secret video proof of these intimate terms ? or is it just based on “stringer infos” passed on to you from Colombo ? How would you feel if some website published some base less gossip about one of your female family members ? (It could be your mother or a sister) Would they like it ?
    It is disgusting to see how you are using your journalistic pen as a weapon to distroy people whom you don’t like ! Shame on you CT !

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      WADE PIYA.
      and
      dear madam Sharmini Serasinghe;

      I am O/L Educated and/ but Graduated from WELIKADA [I R C], Nasiriya Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. and from Changi Singapore.

      But I understand the words of ” alleged to be on intimate terms with”.

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      Dear Punters, CT is devoid of familial interactions, for it is a Website with a sensible sense with a lot of nonsensical comments, for truth is always processed in journalism is ultimately the news you get.

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    We are not talking about an ordinary Champika
    [Edited out] two ministers.

    This is a so called national newspaper editor
    who puts all others repeat all others to public
    scrutiny. Her newspaper preaches morals, good
    conduct and what have you.

    Why is Sharmini Serasinghe getting hot under the
    collar when such a person is referred to? Surely
    CT readers have the right to point out that this
    opinion maker’s virtues or not worth the dust she
    walks on.

    Grow up instead of being childish and churlish. How
    can this Champika now preach good behaviour to Sri
    Lankans? She has any of the self respect must resign.

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    Sinha Ratnatunga works for a newspaper owned by Ranjith Wijewardena family , a family that made their wealth during british times. Ranil wickramasinghe is Ranjith’s nephew. Now ranil and Ranjith have brought man about town Ruwan wijewardene ( ranjiths son) in to politics. What is Sigh’s editorial policy towards these two ambitious politicians ?

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    It appears that Sharmini Serasinghe is like the proverbial
    ostrich with its head dug to the ground.

    Honestly, can she say she has not read about Bill Clinton
    and Monica Lewinsky. What would she say about the media
    reporting about the sperm stained dress of Lewinsky. Does
    that outrage her. She may have been a kid when the Kristine
    Keeler scandal broke out. What would she say to the juicy details
    of what British Defence Minister Profumo did?

    Grow up, please grow up!!!!!

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      @Victor Sumathipala

      Sharmini is outraged? Well, just last week Monica Lewinsky made it known to the US Press that Clinton didn’t even pay her for her services under the table. Shouldn’t the womens rights supporting Sharmini be more outraged about this non-payment by Clinton than about whats written here about the two Champukas?

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      It appears that Sharmini Serasinghe is like the proverbial
      ostrich with its head dug to the ground.

      Ostriches naturally has the habit of digging its head in the ground when it feels to wade off from an imminent danger, while it’s not a matter of proverbial jargon you have betrayed the fundamentls of nature. Haven’t you read about the natural habitats of these feathery cousins. Nevertheless, should Sharmini Serasinghe attest the Big American lie of Monica Lewdinsky for you to revile?

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    Come come Professori Mkhaya Ombaktu, obviously an
    unknown species nature has discovered
    recently. Plain and simple English is what is used
    by CT readers to express the views.

    However, you have become and Ostrich too. You have
    dug your head into the earth to wade off imminent
    embarrassment. The plain question, once again, to
    the learned Professori is this – Does not Sharmini
    Searasinghe know about the Lewinsky episode? If she
    does, why complain about Champika.

    For you,there is a message. A little learning is too
    dangerous chum. For you even Lewinsky is a big American
    lie. Need I say anything about your big (or bird) brain?

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      Sottipala, did you bruise your back from the African Ombaktu’s punctual remark, for what we see is you ultimately resorted to barking at a credible game reserve chieftain with onsensical rhapsody. Apologize.

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    At long last, Ostrich Ombaktu has pulled
    its head out and become Sangakkara. Now
    it is about a game reserve chieftan!!
    Apologize???? No not even to the posterior
    of a baboon in that reserve. What will be
    your next name, an orangutang?

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    Ha ha!! some Mottaya who has now turned
    Sangakkara (good name for cricket and
    not for jaundiced wild life perverts) has
    put his foot in. Good for you chum. You
    too grow up!!!!

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    Sharmini,

    What is more disgusting than refraining from the moral obligation of rightful reporting. Maybe she is a victim of the circumstance where truth has become casualty when the orders come from the likes of pimp and con man (her name sake). She has to be intimate with ‘what’ rather than ‘who’. We can sympathize with her if the swords are dictating what the pens should do. Many suspect that it is not the case but a willing participant.

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    Take today’s Daily Mirror. All newspapers
    have reported a press conference by Vasudeva
    Nananaykkara. He is blaming the government
    for the alutgama incidents. All papers except
    Mirror have said so. What does the Daily Mirror
    say? It is a doctored report where all the
    critical references are deleted. This is news
    management. For whose benefit is this done?

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