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Wednesday, February 20, 2013
With respect Faraz you had no other choice than to write what you did!
If you were shot and injured and by God’s good grace survived
an attempted assassination in Sri Lanka in 2013, you have NO OPTION, if you
feared for your life to heap praise on the ONE AND ONLY person who can both
guarantee your safety or ensure you don’t live another second!!
It basically tells you NOT to come to any conclusion until
the case is completed and the mystery of the attempted assassins solved. If
this was said by all the prior victims we will be waiting for GODOT. So read
this with a pinch of salt as a statement forced on him by his own judgment as
the best course of action, and the best chance he may have for the mystery to
In truth it may not be the work of Govt. goon, but someone
who had a grudge due to some journalistic expose. However the brazen nature of
the incident in full view of foreign guests or at least with them being in the
adjoining rooms in his guest house, meant that they were emboldened by some
form of security guarantee against arrest or identification.
Further as Sri Lanka is now top of the list of world’s least
safe for journalists, another attempt such as this is bound to give rise to a
furtherance of that belief and not a lessening of it. Additionally the
confidence of the general public on the ability of the Police to fully and
impartially investigate the whole series of misdeeds against this profession in
the past few years, is zero, and until and unless concrete results turn up to solve
this and many of the previous crimes, all attributed to the Government, no
matter what the victims say, will dissuade rational people from coming to any
other conclusion than, the fact that the State has a hand in harming journalists
to keep them under their control, and by these actions prevent them from speaking
their minds. Journalistic freedom is non-existent in Sri Lanka no matter what anti
govt. piece is written in the English media which the Govt. uses to show an international
audience that Journalists are in fact free.
In the end what is fed to the majority is what is important. If
the Govt. directly or indirectly controls what is written, the people of this country
will never except by deduction work out what is going on in paradise. All is not
well here in Paradise and it is up to people who understand to explain what coming
to your own conclusion is all about.