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Ajith P. Perera, Chief Organiser, Bandaragama, UNP – අධිනීතිඥ අජිත් පී. පෙරේරා, ප්‍රධාන සංවිධායක, බණ්ඩාරගම, එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂය

Sirasa TV Depanama, Pannipitiya attack: Defence.lk still does not know!!

Posted by Ajith on January 6, 2009

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Today morning, we have heard the nastiest ever attack on the media freedom in Sri Lanka. This is an act no civilized human being will ever approve. The people’s right to know the truth, ironically guaranteed by ‘Mahinda Chinthana’ – the election manifesto of the present regime was seriously challenged by the gundas who took the law to their hands. The only true free electronic media station was attacked and vandalised.

The culprits were not identified. The motives were apparent. Somebody badly wants to silence Sirasa TV. It looks like more people than few frustrated bloggers like A Voice in Colombo, Jathika Chinthana Pravahaya, Namal Udalamatta and, Damith Prasanga would like to see Sirasa down. There are more enemies to media freedom.

Surprisingly, Defence.lk that ‘patriotic’ site runs on public money which gives us live commentaries on the capture of every tiny hamlet in North within no time, still have not heard of the incident, after more than six hours. Probably the web master of Defence.lk does not watch TV. Thoththa babas go to bed early.

Who benefits from burning down Sirasa studios at Depanama, Pannipitya? Who wants Sirasa silenced? I do not think I have to answer those questions.

Sirasa TV specially and Maharaja Group at large were certainly under threat for the last few days. It was just last Friday somebody threw a petrol bomb at the same station. So the Police had a definite responsibility to protect them. Unfortunately this is not an era we can expect politics-free government service.

By the way, someone please wake up those Defence.lk guys. They might be still sleeping.

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46 Responses to “Sirasa TV Depanama, Pannipitiya attack: Defence.lk still does not know!!”

  1. sumith said

    Hello,

    Nice and correct writeup. write about freedom. This is our media freedom in new Sri lanka

  2. Rammale said

    You have missed this. Supun Sudaraka too blasted Sirasa. http://www.blog.sudaraka.com/?p=336

  3. Lokuge said

    Still SLFP media freedom is much better than UNP media freedom. Remember Richrd de Soyza and the bunch of others who paid the price. Remember your own Premadasa making Rupavahini news complulsary in all channels. Remember one-sided media control. Why don’t you add those realities too to your writing. THis goverment is much better than ALL UNP governments from JRJ to RP. You can’t expect better than this from a UNP government too.

    Nobody should attack sirasa. it is a ridiculous media station we can watch for fun, not for real information. People have already taken sirasa for a joke. Only bankrupt UNPiers take Sirasa, TNL, SUnday Leader and Irudina seriously. Anybody attacking these comedy stars only add unnecessary value to the big jokers.

  4. Thilina said

    Why should Defence.lk publish something that happened to Sirasa.. Sirasa never gave a damn about what the army did or their victories. They just aired those things not to be seen Pro-ltte. The person who wrote the above “Sirasa TV Depanama, Pannipitiya attack: Defence.lk still does not know!!” article is a stupid joker.

  5. DMMK said

    Now gov allow to do proper investigation against because of it might be the reason some party need credit MR account specially UNP …..Ravi karunanayake and all.
    also SIRASA had some financial failears because of i have forward my cv for protection vacancy, they told stop recruting because of above reason.
    Who need stop MR>>>>>>>>>>>>>UNP /LTTE so MBC ????????????

  6. KeenObserver said

    Keep an open mind. It could well be a carefully-planned ‘inside job’ timed to tarnish the glow of victory currently being enjoyed by the Government.

  7. Sudheera said

    All those who blame Sirasa could have failed in the interviews. Sour grapes. Get a life, man. If you fail because of your incompetency it is not their fault.

  8. Gota said

    Sirasa TV Depanama, Pannipitiya attack: Defence.lk still does not know!!

    Ajith,

    This is same like you not seeing fall of Kilinochchi as a priority and writing on minor things. First show your inegrity.

  9. kasun said

    I fail to see the reason why defence.lk should report about this. This has not anything to do with defense. What must be observed is whether the government media give this incident a fair coverage.

  10. Ajith said

    @kasun,

    I guess a well organized ‘unknown’ armed gang of 20 gundaas carrying out apparently a well planned operation in the Capital just 3-4 kms away from the parliament itself, should be a concern for the Defence Ministry. They are too professional to be a gang of Kudu Lal.

    If it is not a defence concern, the only conclusion we can arrive is they could not no more be ‘unknown’.

    How do Defence Ministry feels sure this is not a work of LTTE, for example?

  11. Ajith said

    @Gota,

    I don’t run a news site. This is a blog and I give no assurance that I talk everything. I talk what I want.

    On the other hand, Defence.lk is a site that runs on public money to express any security concerns. So it has an obligation to report security breaches as what happened on today morning.

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    Aji moda yaka. Mei wage unta ithin mona beheth da…

  14. Lilani Deepika said

    Ajith,

    I personally know you as a guy with lot of common sense. And you say: “How do Defence Ministry feels sure this is not a work of LTTE, for example?”

    You are kidding!

    You are well aware that LTTE won’t attack Sirasa or Ranil Wickremasinghe.

    But may be you’re right. LTTE is notorious for attacking their friends as well. You might remember what happened to Premadasa and Rajiv.

  15. Ajith said

    I have just checked Defence.lk and it still knows nothing.

    That is fine, but I wonder why it bothered to report an incident at London Kingsbury Buddhist Temple last week.

    Do the Defence.lk guys think London is part of Sri Lanka and Depanama is not?

  16. praba said

    Anna..,

    This was attack by angry people. Sirasa worry about kilinochchi victory. so people get angry. same thing happen to me. civilians ready to attack me.

    praba.
    Mulativu ( underground place )

  17. prabakaran said

    Wanakkam Thambi Ajith,

    Everybody know sirasa helping to me.(LTTE).

    Sirasa is unofficial VOICE OF TIGERS.(“Koti handa”)

    So end of LTTE means end of Sirasa. what to do…?

    Please hide like me.

  18. Harsha said

    I think you are stupid to think its the work of the LTTE… Dont you think they have bigger things to worry about with the fall of Killinochchi…?? seriously man..you are just a stupid and biased UNP’er trying to score from this incident…. it has no defence or national security value to be put on defence.lk you and I both know it was just an “ask and you shall recieve” situation for Sirasa…. Ajith be unbiased in your writing…dont think the sri lankan public is stupid…its because of people like you that the country is still strugling to develop…

  19. Harsha said

    Ajith, and you show your stupidity even more by talking about “security breaches” and it should be put on defence.lk…. please get this in to your thick skull… they have a few security guards from a private security firm there…not the army or the police… i think you are seriously confused about what national issues should be… i dont think you are qulified enough to write about these things..seriously…

  20. Mr Ajith

    well… I don’t want to comment on this brutal coward attack. but feel really sorry for those who say its an act of patriotism….over 90% of sirasa employees are sinhaleese and over 90 % of sinhaleese people enjoy watching sirasa..even those thugs(I doubt) might have enjoyed sirasa at a stage of their life..
    After all sirasa will get up.and will deliver better than what they were used to…..So its a matter of time now, how log will it take……
    To tell you the truth I thought that sri lankans are more civillised than this but ………..its so sad to tell that they are like barbariens……asking for blood and flesh.

  21. Harsha said

    and your comment about defence.lk reporting an attack on a temple in london being not news worthy is outrageous…. Ajith, sri lanka is a buddhist country…and a temple is a place of worship for buddhists… and there are so many sri lankans in london…the sri lankan public has the right to know if their relegion was disrespected, im sure sirasa is a place of worship for you specially during elections..but the general public doesnt give a damn…and it doesnt change the security situation in the country…how many votes are you trying to get through writing crap like this in the next ellection?

  22. Ajith said

    @Harsha,

    It will be good if you think before writing rubbish.

    I did not tell it was a work of LTTE. I just asked how Defence Ministry is so certain it is not a work of LTTE? If they are certain about surely they will know who was behind. (That can be the reason for their silence) I feel the Defence.lk behaviour is very fishy today.

    Then, there is something called law in this country, which is same for everyone whether that person is a Buddhist or not. Why we want a government to treat everyone same but unfortunately it is not something we can expect from this junta regime.

  23. Lalith said

    Ajith
    Thanks for reporting this..and that now you have expressed your personal opinion on this, let other web masters do their job too. Reading Harsha’s comments, it reminds me similar incidents at differemt magnitudes in the past, from 1971 to-date during Sirima’s JR’s, Premadas’a, Chandrika’s, Ranil’s and now Mahinda’s. So, this is nothing new!

  24. Anonymous said

    hey guys.. evry one has diferent visions.. some one say need to give half of SL to LTTE. some will say no it has to be one country. All depend on general Elections in SL depend on their future view. So last Election and also so many Election Mr. Ranil faild to win becuase most of Sri Lankan does not like his attitude towards Sr Lankan. ( may be the reason). You all can see what all our politician did to our country. this is not you me or all of us.. All Politics. and as we all know in Sl there are lot of freedem for media.. but all media’s are supporting to their own Political party.. that’s not new to us.. So I feel This is just a political game.. may be Ranil/LTTE did to show to the world that Mahinda is not giving media freedem and also to win the comming elction…. also this may done by Mahinda’s government since they don’t like them.. Or may be some unknown group of just some crazy guys did it with out having any feeling of the situation..Or may be this is a plan from SIRASA Owners to get some popularity in future.. As we all know our Inteligence and Police is so bad..( no one has developed Inteligence in SL) they may never going to find out who did.. but why we all are figting to win our political view??? See USA.. How much they killed during Iraq and Afgan??? and during World trade center attack how many dead??? did you know how much?? did their oposit party/Media told this to world?? it is still hidden?? and see how about our media and politicians? if then can they will tell how many artilary bulets left with Army??????????? this is how our media freedom..

  25. The Middle Man said

    hey guys.. evry one has diferent visions.. some one say need to give half of SL to LTTE. some will say no it has to be one country. All depend on general Elections in SL depend on their future view. So last Election and also so many Election Mr. Ranil faild to win becuase most of Sri Lankan does not like his attitude towards Sr Lankan. ( may be the reason). You all can see what all our politician did to our country. this is not you me or all of us.. All Politics. and as we all know in Sl there are lot of freedem for media.. but all media’s are supporting to their own Political party.. that’s not new to us.. So I feel This is just a political game.. may be Ranil/LTTE did to show to the world that Mahinda is not giving media freedem and also to win the comming elction…. also this may done by Mahinda’s government since they don’t like them.. Or may be some unknown group of just some crazy guys did it with out having any feeling of the situation..Or may be this is a plan from SIRASA Owners to get some popularity in future.. As we all know our Inteligence and Police is so bad..( no one has developed Inteligence in SL) they may never going to find out who did.. but why we all are figting to win our political view??? See USA.. How much they killed during Iraq and Afgan??? and during World trade center attack how many dead??? did you know how much?? did their oposit party/Media told this to world?? it is still hidden?? and see how about our media and politicians? if then can they will tell how many artilary bulets left with Army??????????? this is how our media freedom..

  26. Priyantha said

    I dam sure this is a act of one king in the country who govern the all mischief activities, Weather Sirasa TV Supporting to LTTE or not is their freedum, and if they telecast any bad news , where the goverment ????

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  28. Harsha said

    Ajith, I actually give up… no point…it is so obvious you are attacking the PA government and defence.lk like any other opposition party would without talking sense… I actually have no respect or concern for any politicians in the country (no offence) either UNP or PA because i think all of them are after their self interests which is why our beautiful country is going backwards, but I have all the respect for the young soldiers who are fighting to keep Sri Lanka alive…they are the real news worthy stuff to the nation…not your biased comments or juntas who attacked a private tv/radio station…thats news..but not a national issue…it becomes a national issue if it affects the nation…so..try to figure it out

  29. Ajith said

    Harsha,

    So you do not see an attack on the largest privately owned and independent TV station in the country as a national issue?

    Surely you are joking. Right?

    Please don’t give up. You provide the much needed humor to my blog. I appreciate it.

  30. The Middle Man said

    This is from a mail I got today.. may be you all..

    The Mtv/ Mbc attack was orchestrated by them selves. They had already moved all important equipment to the there new studio complex at Ratmalana (old S-Lon factory) so that the Depanama complex can be given/ rented out to Airtel. All this was done to descredit the government and to take away focus from the victorious armed forces and most of all to upgrade their equipment with the US $ 6,000,000 insurance claim (as they did before). Even after a petrol bomb was thrown at the studios 3 days ago, why did they have only 2 security guards on duty??????? WHY????

    The truth hurts!

  31. to mr ajith and other modayanta(who follow d sirasa)

    this is not a news to write in a site like defence.lk.
    we thnx to the guys who did it………………
    first of all we would like to say ”nation first” not ”news first”………………………………………………..

    any one who protect the country ,
    we r with uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu………………
    students from university of moratwa
    faculty of engineering

  32. Kumara said

    Moratuwa guys….

    forum wala post dadaa inne nethuwa yuddeta yanna….. yudde aththa thaththe eli karana ewun maranawa….. aanduwata kahina ewun wejabenawa…… IS dat ur NATION FIRST????

  33. lasitha said

    please foolish guys do not use da name of our university to publish ur private opinion. If u hav a back bone & if u are a real engineer please tell ur opinion exposing to the world.i think only chancellor or VC can talk for the sake of university even dean of da fac cannot.i don’t thik u are one of them. because they hav a back bone to expose to da world. i u may hav any kind of barbarian view but don’t think that z da view of majority students at there.
    i think as a good engineer and noble person in sl u hav to respect all others opinions.thats da dimocracy. sirasa never broadcast any thing false. if so any one can get action against it. but me also do not agree with smthing on it. but at such moment it is better to shift to another chanel. not acting as barbarians or supporting to barbarians. actually u hav done great shame to our university, our profession and ENTC.

  34. LK said

    Who ever violence against anybody not acceptable.
    But Who can say sirasa is a Media organization. It’s a brothel hose.

    Open your eyes and see what they telecast.
    They killing SL future by many ways.
    Children’s mind, Language, supporting for terrorist.
    All third class… no any country identity.

    Killer Prabhakaran become MR. Brabhakaran for them.

    So….. today they are talking about their attack.
    Every day the attack to the our society. What we should for that?

  35. Harsha said

    Ajith,

    Your blog is funny enough with you alone..so ill keep out of it..

  36. SB said

    I just saw on Lakbima newspaper that some one from the Kotte Municipal Council has been arrested along with a black defender jeep on suspicion over the Sirasa attack.
    If anyone has more on this story, please let us know.

  37. Ajith said

    Harsha,

    I am grateful if you keep out. Finally you got some brains. There is no point wasting your time to make multiple comments everyday, which I routinely delete within few hours. :-)

  38. Sinha - Cnada said

    We know who did Sirasa and Lasantha assasination, not anyother but Ravi K. What a freedom we had in that 17 year UNP regime and what Ranil did. He gave noth east to Prabakaran forever. You may doen’t know these things but people knows. Until 2025 UNP will be in opposition.
    Good Luck!

  39. SB said

    Ajith,
    What”s the latest on the Sirasa attack?
    Has anyone been arrested yet?
    Because yesterday I saw on Lakbima newspaper that a member of the Kotte Municipal Council has been arrested along with a black defender jeep on suspicion over this.

  40. S.Peiris said

    It is very clear to everybody,
    Question : Who are currently having problems in Sri Lanka ?
    Answer :(2 categories)
    1. LTTE , because they are losing the battle
    2. Politicians who do not like achievements of the Government, because they can not come to power

    Therefore what do they do now and how?
    Those two categories paying a lot of money to activate “underworld acts” which could possible attract international and national support to minimize government threat and success. That is what happend to SIRASA and LASANTHA noting else.

  41. Roashn said

    Hey, we know one thing, UNP cant come to power for another 10-15 years, till the party having this type of foolish leaders. Good Luck UNP

  42. Buddhika said

    cardboard heroes in Colombo had done a cowerdly act again. A disgrace to all Sri Lankan Buddists. If someone does not like what they telecast why cant they avoid them.
    It looks like an attack against Wimarshana programme because it has supported poor/innocent people to stand up for their rights.

  43. Amarasighe said

    Ammatahudu Niyama wede Sirasa koragena thiyenne. Ei aluth thenata
    mukuth kele neththe!

  44. wajira sanjeewani said

    aiyo sirasa monada kara gaththe?

  45. PRAGEETH said

    WELL DONE BOYS…..LTTE CHANNEL SHOULD BE DESTROYED LONG AGO…. SIRASA TV SHOULD BE WIPED OUT ALONG WITH THE LTTE TO HAVE A PEACEFULL AND TO SAVE OUR CULTURAL VALUES WHICH SIRASA IS DESTROING….

  46. Anonymous said

    Dear Director of Sirasa TV,
    I need to bring to your attention two mistakes on two advertisements on Sirasa TV.

    1. Who wants to be a Millionier? where Lucky Dias conducts

    Who wants to be a Millionier is translated in Sinhalese
    Obade Luxapthy nathnam Mamade (are you the millionier or Me)

    It should be
    Katade Luxapathiyek Wennata Ona

    2. First Step

    Mata oben yamak danagannata Puluwande?

    Translated in English it says

    What can I know from You (Mata oben danaganna puluwan monawade)

    It should be

    Can I know somrthing from you

    Ravi Anthny
    077 329 5506

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