Questions to the Foreign Media writing on Sri Lanka
Posted on November 5th, 2018

Quite a lot of mainstream media agencies some who are even having local reporters writing for them are ranting away juggling the same words and parroting the same thing. Please pause for a moment & answer some questions or at least think about them before writing & trying to fool the readers. With alternate media & opinions a plenty, people are not as fooled or as ignorant as mainstream media like to believe.

Here are some of the news headlines

UK Guardian

Sri Lanka faces crisis as two stake claim to be lawful prime minister

NDTV

US, Japan Freeze Aid To Lanka Over Constitutional Crisis, Says Former PM

TheDiplomat

Sri Lanka’s Constitutional Crisis: Rajapaksa’s Dark Past Shapes the Present

TheNational

Colombo on edge as Sri Lanka faces constitutional crisis

CNN

Sri Lanka’s Constitutional Crisis turns violent (co-author of this is Iqbal Athas)

BBC

Sri Lanka crisis: Fears of a ‘bloodbath’ in power struggle

New York Times

Sri Lanka Faces Constitutional Crisis as President Unseats Prime Minister (co-author of this is Dharisha Bastians whom Ranil’s Government appointed Editor at a state newspaper Sunday Observer)

CNBC

‘Constitutional crisis’ could destabilize Sri Lanka, pushing it closer to China

Here’s some questions for media personnel (foreign & local) to ask themselves & answer

  • Have you sought legal advice to see whether the decision is legally questionable before sensationalizing the story for commercial & political purposes?
  • The UNP leader & former PM is a lawyer & so too are most UNP MPs as are their inner circles – they should be the first to know if anything is unconstitutional & they are the best people to file case in Supreme Court if it is not – why have they not done so, afterall the UNP leadership boasted that after they came to power in 2015 the judiciary became independent?
  • Where is the ‘bloodbath’ – we are into the 11th day since democratic ouster & nothing of a bloodbath media presents. However, a personal security officer attached to a Minister in former PM’s Govt shot dead in innocent civilian inside the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation. Why does Foreign media not demand action for this crime! Why does media not question the likely outcome of UNP MPs who are more worried about losing their portfolios & perks & are trying to surround parliament & intentionally trying to cause chaos with an ulterior plan in mind. People be warned that this is plan B of their modus operandi. These protests have nothing to do with the legal or illegal removal of a PM except to survive politically knowing their political future is now at stake. We are dealing with some worried UNPers trying to stir trouble manipulating the people into action.
  • Everyone is going on a tangent over a supposed constitutional crisis – legal experts are expressing their views but why are they not moving Court? Why does Friday Forum, Church of Ceylon, Transparency International, Centre for Policy Alternatives, National Peace Council not file in Supreme Court instead of issuing statements, running online petitions, writing articles, giving interviews? What do they expect to achieve – no legal action simply public drama to fool masses
  • How can you people ignore the most important fact that with the exiting of the SLFP MPs from the so-called National Government the entire cabinet collapsed & along with it the PM & President was well within his powers to appoint a new cabinet headed by a new PM. Reading 19a without reading clause applicable to national government is rather silly. Moreover, another legal question is while the 19a refers to national government the present UNF refers to themselves as national unity government so how valid are these terms legally too. Moreover, only SLFP & UNP signed a MOU for two years which expired in August 2017 & was not renewed.
  • Public sentiment & public disappointment gaged by interviewing only UNP circles or foreign-funded NGO members & their cronies is not public sentiment. We have not seen any spontaneous protests against the decision by the President except the one’s organized by the UNP – how can media use this as an argument that the public is against the ouster of the former PM? If media is going to speak to the same circles that the former PM mingles with, naturally they will be weeping & wanting his return because they will be the first to lose their perks & privileges. Trying to make the public hysterical by quoting these Colombo circles is only making these circles hysterical & a public nuisance to the rest of the country!
  • On 26 October 2018 the former PM was constitutionally ousted did people come to the streets shouting in protest? NO, they lit crackers to celebrate. That showed the will of the people which the President too echoed when he informed foreign envoys that 75% of people wanted the change.
  • Calls about sanctions by West/India/Japan – on what legal or constitutional basis – just because a handful of people claim the President’s decision is wrong without any legal backing? Is this how these countries the custodians of democracy function?
  • Can the UN Secretary General phone democratically elected leaders & tell them to hold elections, tell them to convene parliament – are these not violations of the UN Charter?
  • Why was the same media & same actors now crying foul when after a presidential election Ranil Wickreamsinghe was appointed Prime Minister on the lame excuse (election manifestos are not legally binding & candidates can promise the stars & moon but once elected he has to abide by the constitution & the law of the country) that the President promised in his election pledge. Ranil Wickremasinghe was then Opposition leader & with 46 UNP MPs he did not command any majority in the House to be named PM. Wasn’t that disappointing the people? Moreover, he was appointed PM without removing the sitting PM (DM Jayaratne) Even if we accept this lame excuse of appointing Ranil as PM in 2015, the President did not promise to make UNP MPs the government but that was what happened & elections were promised in April 2015 which didn’t happen & elections were only held in August 2015 when Ranil W had no choice but to dissolve parliament before the COPE report held him directly responsible for the 2 Central Bank bond scams. Why is media hiding these important facts?
  • Why is the media ignoring the plot to assassinate a President with a foreign intelligence agency name associated with the plot?
  • Why is the media not highlighting UN interference in Sri Lanka by the manner even the UN Secretary General is demanding reconvening of Parliament & virtually saying to reinstate the dislodged Prime Minister. Aren’t these violations of the UN Charter & the spirit in which the UN is supposed to function?
  • How can everything be illegal & irregular only now when media ignored a string of illegalities that took place since January 2015?
  • Manner that CJ Mohan Pieris was removed without any due process
  • Manner 2 Central Bank Bond Scams took place the main cause for the economic crisis in Sri Lanka in particular how the former PM took the CB directly under him to facilitate the 2 scams.
  • Manner state land is being sold & enterprises set up manned by foreigners that function even without ministry approvals
  • Manner ethnic & communal tensions are being ignited in order to justify clamp down on opposition targets & bring in new laws that curtail the people’s freedoms & rights

Do the right thing – Rule of Law – Good governance – such lovely terms but all of them have life only if they are followed. Simply stating them in official statements or reading them out at public podiums is just useless & is now making people laugh. It has come to a point where we can tell what these foreign envoys, foreign statements etc will say even before they issue them! Again, assume that the new government is not following rule or law, good governance, righteous rule blah blah blah…then can the media explain why a removed Prime Minister is not doing the right thing but refusing to evacuate Temple Trees and not only that allowing all sorts of people to enter the official premises & they are not only dirtying the place there is even a likelihood that security aspects are also getting exposed & items belonging to the State (including gifts from other States) may also disappear with no one accounting for these losses. What is the point in not leaving even when the removal has been gazette making it official while not even taking the legal avenue available by going to courts? How can media justify this?

Now the latest is ‘do not sell my vote’ seriously full marks for creativity to fool the masses. How did Rajapakse’s MPs jump to the MS-Ranil Alliance in 2014 that set the stage for the unseating of Rajapakse in January 2015… didn’t every Rajapakse MP going to Singapore do a leap jump after landing? Buying MPs & facilitating their crossovers has been happening for quite some time but never forget only 29 MPs are selected from the National List all 196 are voted by the People…how about not voting candidates without a clean record! If so the former PM with a string of controversies & allegations linked to his name should not stand a chance either!

Honest journalism is dead. Social media at least gives a podium for people to challenge. Print media on the other hand bats on with lies & controversies without giving right of replies. But if you are well read enough, if you can balance versions against the backdrop of lies & extremes – real eyes, can realize, real lies! Truth must matter whoever tells it, justice must matter whoever receives it & whoever it is against.

Shenali D Waduge

4 Responses to “Questions to the Foreign Media writing on Sri Lanka”

  1. Christie Says:

    If you look behind these news makers there are plenty of Indian Parasites working these anti Sinhalese news items.

    One best example is an Indian called Das working for Reuters.

    Another one I remember is an Indian female working for Time now working for Human Rights Watch.

  2. nilwala Says:

    The foreign media are acting on foreign agendas. The “regime change” operation that pushed MR out and brought in MY3 and RW carried out similar misrepresentations with lies and fabrications in 2015. But what happened since? The country has been stuck in the doldrums with no development….only gambling, gaming and the stock market and the people left yearning for what they had lost.
    Have the legislators in these foreign countries not learnt the lesson that the Sri Lankan masses are now well experienced through all that has followed since “regime change”. Do they not realize that the masses are an educated and politically interested group that get their information from the Sinhala local press which explains things well to the people who read the news in their national language.?
    Pity those who read the foreign media who have no real inklingof the ground situation and depend on reports suited to the agendas of these foreign countries.

  3. Nihal Perera Says:

    Nilwala is correct…

    The foreign media follows the foreign agendas. Ever since MR government decimated the LTTE terrorism against the wishes of the West, the media has been very negative towards SL.

    After 2015 “regime change,” which was orchestrated by the West installing their puppet Ranil as the PM, the reporting on SL by the Western media made a 180 degree turn, reporting more positively ignoring all the corruptions and dirty politics of the Yahapalanaya government.

    I am glad that most Sri Lankans seem to understand the Western (and some Asian..) media’s bias against Sri Lanka, especially towards their nemesis – MR and China. Both India and the West now recognize the geo-political importance of SL with regard to Indian ocean and the region. They are worried that MR’s close and friendly relationship with China will jeopardize West’s (and India’s..) desire to dominate Indian ocean, and the South Asia.

    Hr’s, democracy, rule of law, and the latest – LGBTQ rights, are the tools the West is using to condemn the countries and regimes that refuse to follow the Western agenda. The Western media is their messenger.

    In a way Trump is not incorrect to call most media is “Fake News!”

  4. ranjit Says:

    Western foreign media is writing always full of lies that’s why Trump always calls them fake news. Through their lies how many good democratic countries have they destroyed? Many, they cater only to their kind in western countries not others. We should ban these organisations and the NGO’S who supply them with false information like Egypt and some countries have done in the past. When we have traitors to our Motherland like Run-nil,One eyed drunken woman, Gay boys like Mangalaya,One shot,Sagala,Pachaka and the dirty clan what can we expect other than false information? Through the past their job was that, even during the LTTE war. All these past years most of the damage done to our Sovereignty, Economy, Development etc were by the UNP treacherous clique. People in this country should not follow them or believe them anymore because they don’t have any new vision for the country. They believe in westernised way of living and try to follow their thinking and do things as per their liking which is not acceptable with the majority of our people. We need a Sinhala Buddhist government which suits for SRI Lanka not a westernised or Indian style government. Our leaders must rule as per the teachings of Lord Buddha and the advise of Maha Sanga if they need to have a good, decent country with kind and loving people. Politicians should learn to serve the people and the country they were born rather than serving themselves and serving our enemies for money. What ever truth or lies in the current situation we as SRI Lankans should concentrate on building our blessed country as one United family. SRI Lanka is our home and we need to protect it with our souls at all costs without go behind party politics or crooked politicians all around. Think wisely before you chose the next leader. To make our country great we need a strong Sinhala leader therefore let’s work for it with sincerity.

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