Frederica Jansz: You’re Fired
Posted on September 22nd, 2012

By Lankan Eye

 A smug, self-satisfied smile appeared on my face when I read of Frederica Jansz’s dismissal from the Sunday Leader.

 I’m only being honest here. And I do not think it would be an exaggeration to say that many other Sri Lankans would have felt the same way.

The newspaper is a sad excuse for journalism.

 Lionised by media rights groups (including international ones), and paraded as the epitome of journalistic brilliance by sycophants, the paper has long been only suitable for wiping one’s posterior after passing a bowel motion, and even then I think very many buttocks would be offended. It’s rise to eminence in political life in the island was not wrought from decency and journalistic acumen, but rather from controversy and the ability to drag individuals and communities through the mud in the most unethical and unbecoming of fashions.

 These may sound like harsh comments, but the way the the newspaper has carried itself over the years under the direction of Lasantha Wickrematunga, Sonali Samarasinghe and their protege Frederica Jansz has been absolutely appalling. The trio used the newspaper as their personal property, abusing their power as editors to carry out personal vendettas against anyone they deemed to have crossed them. Both spoke of being ‘hounded’ yet both had no compunction in hounding others. They spoke of being ‘unbowed and unafraid’ yet were willing to sell their newspaper to the highest bidder, even openly throwing support behind certain political candidates. They spoke of ‘democracy’ but were more than happy to debase, degrade and fire people who held differing opinions.

 At the heart of the matter are small and deformed characters, poisoned with the bile of hatred and malice. They speak as if they are angels with hearts of gold and a moral compass far superior to the ordinary citizen, but any calm reflection of the facts will reveal them to be rather demoniacal in nature with a talent for making capital out of everything that turns up, to be invested not for the sake of the public, but for their own special praise and glory.

 On this occasion, there is no need for Sri Lankans to assume an air of doleful gravity and stand with the corners of our mouths lowered in the most penitential style. In stories told to us as children the bad guys eventually receive their comeuppance. Likewise, Frederica’s sacking represents that moment when the just desserts for years of bad behaviour finally catch up with her.

5 Responses to “Frederica Jansz: You’re Fired”

  1. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:

    FREDERICA JANSZ !!!

    As the saying goes, ” you just got your just desserts ”

    If you detest Sri Lanka and its administrators, get lost to UK, where the Tamil Di-as-Pariahs will continue to fund you and make you a Minister of the Joker Cabinet of the Global Tamil Forum. They might appoint you as Minister, Foreign Affairs. WHATEVER, They will continue to pay your retirement benefits. Good luck to U.

  2. Lorenzo Says:

    Just desserts indeed!

    Remember how she created a story of a puppy dog and linked it to GR? DISGUSTING! It was all a made up story that was written as if it were true.

    That made Sunday leader more unpopular losing all advertisement revenue. They had NO OPTION than to sack her to save the paper.

    She may join Sonali now.

    But I wish Sunday leader will continue for 2 reasons.

    1 Media freedom is a good thing.
    2 Toilet paper.

  3. Melbourne Patriot Says:

    Sunday Leader highlighted massive scale corruptions and maladministrations of the current Government. This was done regularly. With Jansz’s departure these will go unreported. Not good for the common, suffering masses

  4. seruvila senarath Says:

    HA HA HA ;
    NOW SMILES APPEARS ON
    THIEVES , KUDU MUDALALIS, RAPISTS , THUGS WHO SUPPORT POLITICIANS, AND OTHER LICKERS OF WHERE IT IS, AND STOOGES OF CORRUPT GOVERNORS OF P CS,

  5. Vis8 Says:

    Good riddance (of bad rubbish). Waaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!

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