NewsFirst reported a speech by Sumanthiran under the title “The Possibility of a Divided Nation“. The report said Sumanthiran, in his speech, talked about the possibility of the country being divided in the future. NewsFirst described Sumathiran’s speech as a “controversial statement”.
“This is mischievously and deliberately misleading! I spoke extensively on why the Tamils should abandon ‘the eelam dream’ and should assure the country at large that we are NOT for separation,” Sumanthiran tweeted today, debunking the false report.
The NewsFirst misreported Sumanthiran’s speech just a few days after several civil organizations staged a protest opposite its office demanding ethical and fair coverage. MTV/MBC Media Network hit out at the protestors saying they were funded by NGOs and it even went to the extent of getting a comment from former President Mahinda Rajapaksa under whose watch Sirasa studios were set on fire.