The Daily Mirror website in a surprising twist decided to break the censorship of all other Sri Lankan mainstream media houses, when they carried a story titled “Daham Sirisena Justifies His Trip To UN” regarding the first son junket Daham Sirisena‘s trip to the United Nations which is currently being funded by tax payers money.
Not a single mainstream media house reported Daham Sirisena’s visit to the UN up until this point as of yesterday, as hundreds of Sirisena supporters began to criticize Colombo Telegraph website for breaking and following up the news regarding his visit propped up by a sense of pure nepotism that went wild on social media.
An avid reader of Colombo Telegraph sent in an email citing “friend of mine who works for the Daily Mirror said she had been reading the Daily Mirror website regularly, but never knew that Daham Sirisena was in the US attending the current UN conference. How can she know anything of this sort as Daily Mirror never carried anything regarding the Daham saga has created thus far” concluded the Colombo Telegraph reader.
“The main stream media failed to raise this particular nepotism issue, as it focused on mainly raising issues that blamed the the former Rajapksa regime instead” said our reader.
Writing to Colombo Telegraph media researcher Nalaka Gunawardene said; “The Daham@UN episode has shown up our mainstream media as well. None of them had the courage to comment on this matter, or at least report the widespread social media condemnation of it. For some, the first time they ever mentioned it was when they carried Daham’s ‘explanation’ on Facebook.”
“Is it because our media has been suppressed for too long that, even now, they cover the President, his family and other political leaders with too much deference? Why do most of our media treat the head of state as a feudal lord — when the incumbent has said he does not wish to be treated as such?” he questioned.
“Is it that parrots who have been caged for a decade do not want to fly away when released, so they just hover around repeating what the former master/captor taught?” he further asked.