Author Archive for Fake News

CNN anchor apologizes over claim of ’’Hamas beheading babies’’

Saturday, October 14th, 2023

Courtesy The Daily Mirror A renowned CNN Correspondent Sara Sidner, has issued an apology following a controversial statement she made during a live broadcast stating that the Israeli Prime Minister’s office had confirmed that the Hamas had beheaded babies in Israel.In her apology, Sidner acknowledged the need for caution and precision when reporting such sensitive […]

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Row around Sri Lanka’s holiest tree shows how fake news travels

Wednesday, June 7th, 2023

Courtesy Aljazeera Claims of 5G mobile signals harming Sri Maha Bodhi also illustrate the reverence in which the Buddhist-majority country holds the tree. Published On 7 Jun 20237 Jun 2023 When social media was inundated with rumours that Sri Lanka’s holiest tree was being harmed by 5G mobile signals, Colombo’s cash-strapped government pulled out all […]

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  “සාවද්‍ය තොරතුරු අනතුරුදායකයි. බෞද්ධ ලෝකය මේ පිළිබඳව අවධානයෙන් සිටිය යුතුයි” – අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය දිනේෂ් ගුණවර්ධන මහතා තායිලන්තයේ දී.-

Friday, June 2nd, 2023

අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මාධ්‍ය අංශය    “සාවද්‍ය තොරතුරු අනතුරුදායකයි. බෞද්ධ ලෝකය මේ පිළිබඳව අවධානයෙන් සිටිය යුතුයි” – අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය දිනේෂ් ගුණවර්ධන මහතා තායිලන්තයේ දී.- අග්‍රාමාත්‍යවරයා මේ බව ප්‍රකාශ කළේ,  2023.06.01 දින තායිලන්තයේ චූලලෝන්කෝන් රාජවිද්‍යාල  විශ්වවිද්‍යාලයේ  දී, එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ වෙසක් දින උලෙළේ ප්‍රධාන දේශනය කරමිනි. එහිදී අදහස් දැක් වූ අග්‍රාමාත්‍යවරයා… “වෙසක් දිනය තායිලන්තයේ සංවිධානය කිරීම පිළිබඳව මහා චූලලෝන්ග්කෝර්න් රාජවිද්‍යාල […]

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Beware of dubious IT firms which lure Sri Lankans for employment in Thailand

Saturday, April 22nd, 2023

Courtesy The Daily Mirror The Sri Lanka Mission in Thailand has noticed recently that Sri Lankan nationals are being lured for employment in Thailand particularly for the positions in the Information Technology (IT) sector by dubious IT firms involved in call-centre scams and crypto currency fraud, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said. According to the statement, […]

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Fake News, Disinformation and Propaganda

Thursday, March 16th, 2023

Courtesy The Daily News South Asian media experts stress need to educate people to check with reliable media sources before sharing fake news: Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena at the ceremony held by India-Sri Lanka Society to felicitate Kumar Nadesan, President of Sri Lanka Press Institute, who was awarded Pravasi Bharatiya Samman (Overseas Indian Honour). Indian […]

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Unity against fake news

Tuesday, November 15th, 2022

By Mohammad Shojaeian Courtesy Teheran Times It was attended by about 60 managing directors and senior editors of news agencies from 35 countries that are members to OANA. OANA was founded in 1961 at the initiative of UNESCO. Its purpose is to secure direct and free exchange of news between news agencies from countries that […]

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PMD clarifies news report on children of 08 villages in Dimbulagala

Monday, October 31st, 2022

Courtesy Hiru News Polonnaruwa District Secretary, Dimbulagala Divisional Secretary, Zonal Education Director, Principals of these schools villagers have confirmed that news report claiming children of 08 villages in Dimbulagala stopped schooling due to food shortage is completely false according to the Presidential Media Division.

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President Media gets new unit to counter disinformation

Wednesday, September 28th, 2022

Courtesy The Daily Mirror In parallel with the International Day for Universal Access to Information which falls today, a new unit Counter Disinformation Unit” was launched by the President Media division. This program was initiated under the guidance of President’s Secretary Saman Ekanayake at the President’s Office in Colombo. With the aim of countering disinformation […]

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Comment on the U-tube propaganda that mislead the public.

Monday, September 26th, 2022

Chandre Dharmawardana I have gone thorough the following U-tube video and I am sad to see this kind of unsubstantiated claims misleading the public. This is just one of many. [ටවුම මැද්දේ වගා කරන, ගල් පොළොවේ කුඹුරු කරන, ගොවි රජාගේ විශ්වකර්ම වැඩ I urge the Sri Lankan scientific community to not to ignore this sort […]

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Fake News😒-Reports of student consuming coconut kernel is baseless – hotline for emergencies

Thursday, September 22nd, 2022

Courtesy Hiru News President’s Media Division releasing a statement says that the reported incident of a student consuming coconut kernel for lunch due to poverty, was found to be unfounded. ;However, a special prog is initiated on the directives of the President to assist any child/family facing such a situation. For assistance call hotline 0114354647. […]

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Fake News😒 -Minister responds to questions on students fainting in school (Video)

Thursday, September 22nd, 2022

Courtesy Hiru News In the past few days, there have been reports of students fainting during school morning meetings in various parts of the island. These incidents were reported in schools in Vilachchiya, Thanthirimale and Minuwangoda. This was also discussed in the parliamentary session today (22), and the members of the opposition parties asked the […]

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Health Minister rubbishes reports of aflatoxin in ‘Thriposha’, vows legal action

Wednesday, September 21st, 2022

Courtesy Adaderana Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella says that the news reports being circulated claiming that the ‘Thriposha’ distributed among newborn babies and mothers contain the carcinogen called Aflatoxin is completely false. Speaking in parliament today (21) the Health Minister said there is no Aflatoxin in Thriposha and that legal action will be taken against the […]

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News reports of ‘poisonous rice’ completely false and misleading – Actg. Registrar of Pesticides

Saturday, September 17th, 2022

Courtesy Adaderana The Acting Registrar of Pesticides, Mr. Lasantha Ratnaweera, says that the news published in two Sunday newspapers claiming that poisonous rice was imported to Sri Lanka, is completely false and baseless.  He said that no such research as claimed in the news article has been conducted by the Office of the Registrar of […]

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ගෑස්වලට චරිත – මුදිත ඇවිලෙයි! (වීඩියෝ)

Thursday, September 15th, 2022

උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත් ලිට්‍රෝ සමාගම ගෑස් මිල දී ගැනීමේ දී, OQ සමාගමෙන් ගෑස් මිල දී ගන්නේ රුපියල් 105.40කට බවත්, සියෑම් ගෑස් සමාගමින් ගෑස් මිල දී ගන්නේ නම් ඒ සඳහා රුපියල් 112ක මිලක් එම සමාගමට ගෙවිය යුතුව තිබුණු බවත් එබැවින් වඩා වාසිදායක තේරීම ලෙස OQ සමාගමේ ගෑස් මිල දී ගත් බවත් ලිට්‍රෝ සභාපති මුදිත පීරිස් […]

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Forged Lotus Tower entrance ticket – Chinese Embassy clarifies.

Wednesday, September 14th, 2022

Hiru News The Chinese Embassy in Colombo has clarified reports circulating on social media pertaining to the entry tickets of the Lotus Tower in Colombo. An image of a ticket claiming to be that of the Lotus Tower has been circulated on social media with information on exemptions for Parliamentarians and Chinese Nationals. Clarifying the […]

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