The Death Of A Newspaper: A Short Response To Brian Seneviratne
By Lal Wickrematunge –
You are wrong on some aspects. I was visiting Lasantha’s family in Melbourne when the settlement or apology as you call it happened on the 18th of July. Lasantha’s family needs help. Big time. I cannot record for public consumption all of that. Anyone who cares desperately for freedom of expression should take a little time to check how Lasantha’s family is doing. They are not doing well. As for me…i carried the business on my shoulder given the stance the paper was taking, affording total freedom to journalists. Yes, 18 years with no help. The non journalistic staff unstintingly supported the brave journalists who chartered the course of the newspaper, though they were only doing a job. When we were on the thresh hold of folding up, do i send them home? No pay, no jobs for supporting the papers stance for 18 years? The sale was at half the price invested. The official records show it. That was the value left after 18 years. I still applaud the journalists. As for Lasantha….he was my brother and i will do whatever ….whenever. I don’t have to justify my love and how much I grieve. No one knows that. They cannot. As for me Mr Seneviratne, I like your writings. Still do though you did not understand my position nor the hundred plus staff who need food on their table.