1 December, 2020

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Telecom Chairman Used A Banned ‘Filthy’ Website To Defend Gota

By Colombo Telegraph

Chairman of the Sri Lanka Telecom and brother of the Transport Minister,  Nimal Welgama’s news paper The Sunday Island ironically quotes a banned website to defend Secretary to the Ministry of Difence Gotabhaya Rajapaka. Lanka Enews is banned in Sri Lanka and Sri Lankan government branded it as a malicious, defamatory and raw filth and stories defamatory to the characters of certain people. It is well known fact that since Frederica Jansz published famous ‘White Flag’ story Lanka Enews started to attacking  her. Lanka Enews supported Srath Fonseka in the last presidential election.  To describe Jansz as a liar, under the subheading “Lankaenews envies Frederica” in political column Sunday Island says; “True to form, there was an article in one of these websites called lankaenews (Sinhala web page) which said that this story that the defence secretary had shouted obscenities at Frederica Jansz was all nonsense and that what had actually happened was that Sunday Leader sales were declining because Frederica had helped the government to convict Sarath Fonseka in the white flag case and this was a set up job where the defence secretary had agreed to blackguard Jansz in raw filth so that she could make a big issue of it and boost the sales of the Sunday Leader! They say that the defence secretary had even provided protection to Jansz and that it was highly unlikely that he would actually blackguard the key witness who helped imprison Fonseka.”

Gota and Welgama

Jansz in her editorial said; There is no difference or should be none between human beings. But, is that a reality in Sri Lanka? No. Certainly not. The most recent incident where Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Defense Secretary lost his temper and used foul language brought home some truths about human behaviour, at least from some sections of our people.

The language and tone of the delivery evoked a huge outcry from journalists across the civilized world. The international press and electronic media were aghast and responded immediately. Just like humans and even animals who help each other to face, for example, a harsh winter. But, the local media true to form remained mum.  Why? We would leave that to you readers to come to your own judgment.

We reproduce below the relevant part of the Sunday Island political column.

Lankaenews envies Frederica

On Friday night, newspaper editors Victor Ivan, Prabath Sahabandu, Siri Ranasinghe and Sinha Ratnatunga were invited to dinner at Temple Trees. The sudden meeting, outside the regular meetings that the president had with newspaper editors was a fire fighting exercise to deal with the fallout from the blackguarding that defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa had given Sunday Leader Editor Frederica Jansz. Jansz had published a transcript of the conversation that had taken place between her and the defence secretary last Sunday and that made quite a sensation. The defence secretary’s outbursts are well known, but what was new was his reference to ordure and the use of the f-word. He has never been known to use such words.  Be that as it may, the defence secretary too had been present at the dinner given by the president on Friday, and his version of the story is that the Sunday Leader had not published all that he said and that the published conversation had only excerpts of the full conversation. Like everybody else Gotabhaya Rajapaksa too should have the right of reply.

I suppose it is now up to Frederica to provide her fellow editors with the recording of the whole conversation so that they can listen to it and arrive at their conclusions. It would be better still if she could publish a full transcript so that we too could read it. During the presidential elections, Frederica said in a headline story in the Sunday Leader that Sarath Fonseka had said that LTTE leaders trying to surrender with white flags had been shot by the armed forces. Later Sarath Fonseka denied he had told Frederica the story that was published. Frederica did not have a recording to prove that Fonseka had said it except for some handwritten notes. Fonseka could never have been convicted in the white flag case on Frederica’s testimony alone. What clinched the case however was that Fonseka had said much the same thing he had told Frederica at some propaganda rallies during the presidential elections and these had been caught on tape by some TV stations. Likewise, it will be important for the Editor’s Guild to listen to the tape and ascertain whether the newspaper report in the Sunday Leader was in fact a fair representation of what had been said.

Anyway, while we are waiting for that, it has to be said that if any reference was made to excreta and copulation in relation to journalists, that cannot be condoned by anybody.  Not that there aren’t people in the media field who richly deserve to be described with such epithets. The operators of the overseas based websites that we spoke of last week being a case in point. Quite apart from politicians and public officials, even we journalists are not spared by these websites. True to form, there was an article in one of these websites called lankaenews (Sinhala web page) which said that this story that the defence secretary had shouted obscenities at Frederica Jansz was all nonsense and that what had actually happened was that Sunday Leader sales were declining because Frederica had helped the government to convict Sarath Fonseka in the white flag case and this was a set up job where the defence secretary had agreed to blackguard Jansz in raw filth so that she could make a big issue of it and boost the sales of the Sunday Leader! They say that the defence secretary had even provided protection to Jansz and that it was highly unlikely that he would actually blackguard the key witness who helped imprison Fonseka.

Lankaenews had in fact reproduced the statement issued by media trade unions against the defence secretary’s manner of speech while saying in the title of the article that journalists ‘had doubts’ about the whole episode.  ( If that was actually so, then there was no need for the president and Gota to meet the newspaper editors last Friday to explain Gota’s side of the story.)

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The Writers In Prison Committee Of PEN International Joins Article 19 In Its Concerns For The Safety Of Frederica

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    Welgama, a “Telecom Guru” or “World Class Spin Docter”?

    Sri Lanka highly corrupt political eco-system feeds on each other.

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    Welgama, a “Telecom Guru” or “World Class Spin Docter”?

    Sri Lanka’s highly corrupt political eco-system feeds on each other.

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    Gotabhaya may have week points as in case of any other human being
    But he is the person who managed the war With the support of various national forces against LTTE and save this contry

    Gota also should be careful because some people try use his week points to destroy him

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      Why couldn’t Gota defeat LTTE during its early days, why leave and run to USA and come back after 20 years when LTTE was weakened with splits and ban all over the world?Even you could have defeated them given the chance..

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        Good point Mario, When Sarath took up an AK47 and slept under tree in scorching heat and fought the terrorists this guy ran away to USA and work at Seven Eleven store as a night clerk.

        This MILF paid people who Sarath court marshelled, to come up on state owned TV and spew out venom during the PE.

        As you say, if he had the knowhow and the plans to defeat the LTTE why the hell did he run away scared. These are the bogus patriots who blow their own horns to their likings.

        If not for his brother this fellow is not worth to sweep the floors of the Defense Ministry. Just because he don a tie he think he is big time administrator.

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        Very funny .Mario Who told you that the LTTE was weakened,after 20 years . In your dreams .Was that the reason they took 30 years to defeat them? A very good joke. Keep more of your funny stories coming .

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      No soldiers died,no commanders planned any operation, Karuna did not split, KP did not split, India,USA and other seven countries did not give diplomatic support in ban of LTTE in EU and military support in destroying LTTE supplies, China did not give any military support, there was no man called Sarath Foneska and finally people despite hard economical turmoil did not stand behind Army, but somehow this man Gota won the war..Miracle..

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      Oh..great. Thank you Gota.

      Now you have a right to own and govern Sri Lanka as you wish for any period of time you wish.

      You can appoint all your uneducated extended family members to all high posts in state structures.

      All Rajapakse cronies and henchmen have licenses to murder and steal with full impunity as well.

      You now own the country. Not VP or LTTE. Love you so much.

      Please slowly politicise and destroy all institutions of Sri Lanka. Including the military, police, parliament, elections & judiciary etc. We Sri Lankans only deserve the Rajapakse family institution. We love it.

      You, your brothers and their kids single handedly won the war. All credit and spoils of war should go to you and your family only.

      Soldiers who toiled and died in the frontlines did nothing, compared to what you have sacrificed. You are still sacrificing by developing urban areas etc. Thank you so much. We are so grateful.

      Please stick around, despite your anger management problems. Please become our next President.

      We are so looking forward. We are yours forever. We will do anything for you.

      Gota, Our eternal leader and Big Brother! Love you so much.

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      D.G.Dayaratne:
      Gota has, not only “week(sic)” points but daily points that are best left unindexed!

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      YOu are spot on . Gothabaya is now a prime target and he should be careful . Some are trying their best to bring him down . He is the greatest asset to the country . Envy is running overtime at the moment it seems.

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