28 October, 2020

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Sri Lankan Military Spying On Journalists Covering NPC Elections

The Sri Lankan military has been accused of spying on journalists who are covering the Northern Provincial Council elections. “As we travel around the north, they are keeping a close eye on us too.” Andrew North, BBC’s South Asia correspondent wrote last night.

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He wrote; “The mood among most Tamils in northern Sri Lanka is far more downcast as they prepare to vote this weekend for their first ever provincial government.

“But few are willing to talk openly, because of the ubiquitous and often suffocating military presence.

“At the wedding event the authorities are keeping a close eye, to make sure all goes to plan.

“As we travel around the north, they are keeping a close eye on us too.

“Within minutes of arriving in the Tigers’ former military stronghold of Mullaitivu, a Sri Lankan army patrol turns up to question us.

“A man who had been following us then gives the soldiers an account of our movements.

“The same happens in Jaffna, when we try to talk to shopkeepers. Soldiers appear, then a police car and several men in plain clothes. Soon everyone dries up. We hear later that the one man we had talked to had been questioned.”

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    Isn’t that what all Governments including the ones claiming to be the ‘international community’ do? Snowden’s revelations, Wikileaks …. Given the number of people meddling in Sri Lanka’s affairs it would be irresponsible of the Government not to be watchful.

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      Always Looting Malabaris are suspicious of others.
      because they are the offenders and
      feel guilty of their cowardice and slutish actions.

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    Election without witnesses? Unpatriotic elements, LTTE supporters reporting the news? Ethnophobic Brigadiers and Generals.

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    Mr Andrew North, Now you realize the type of freedom that has been bestowed by our Maha Rajah upon the lucky citizens of Sri Lanka! Any way your name reminds me of two English Governors who ruled this country – Ceylon – in the colonial era.i Frederick North ii Sir Andrew Caldicot.North the very first English governor of Ceylon, although a scholar was a failure . Sir Andrew was a good administrator,but not so good as our Maha Rajah & Company.

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    Sri Lanka are doing what America and the West does best………
    What is good for the Goose is good for the Gander……….

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    Kothapaya wiretapping to a conversation between Vigneswaran and Thalaivar.

    The sooner the two Tamils come face to face the better.

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    That is true, because otherwise they will report that election is not fair. Our Saddrmadveepa Chakrawarthi is doing everything to have a fair and Independent election with the help of MACO. Remember those same journalists said Saddrmadveepa Chakrawarthi Mascaraed around 40,000 people in the north in the last phrase of the war?

    Government with the help of EPDP even printing Posters and news papers for TNA CM Candidate, Hon. Vignashwaran although there is a minor printing mistake in one poster that they printed 7 instead of 10 as Hon.Vigneshwaran’s no. but that is negligible as everybody in this country knows that this Govt. doing the same mistakes even in 5 grade question papers.

    Also our Saddrmadveepa Chakrawarthis Govt. want’s to make sure that all the opposition candidates are safe and to make sure that, he send some people to Ananthi Sasidarana’s house last night. Unfortunately she was not in the house and others who were there at that time got some election gifts from the visitors.

    Therefore, all the Journalists, Media should write that Election is Independent, fair and peaceful.

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    Got-a-baya! [Edited out]

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