Last Wednesday night, millions of viewers in the United Kingdom watched the latest Channel 4 video – Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields, War Crimes Unpunished. For the first time they learnt about two journalists too.
It did not take long for the Government of Sri Lanka to deny the video. Like pressing a launch button at a missile site, it came within split seconds. Nevertheless, the allegations in the video, levelled this time at President MahindaRajapaksa and his more powerful brother, GotabhayaRajapaksa, are not just going to vanish into thin air because of the denials. This will continue to haunt the two men the same way abductions, murders and extortions are worrying the unsuspecting public in Sri Lanka, whether they are Government or Opposition supporters.
The video has honoured two Sri Lankan’s who pride themselves as God’s gift to journalism in the blessed isle. One is RajpalAbeynaike, the free booter whois Editor of Lakbima news. Its circulation is less than the membership in a Colombo social club. Name any bar where free drinks are served and you will find Abeynaike there. The other person is Shamindra “sources said” Ferdinando, the great inventor who could produce a front page report from any bovine excreta. The two were among journalists who were taken to Geneva last month at Government’s or the Sri Lankan taxpayer’s expense.
The Channel 4 award is not for that. It is for storming the press centre at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Summit in Perth, Western Australia. BandulaJayasekera, whose pet poodles are Abeynaike and Ferdinando, were ordered to go and abuse CallumMcrae, Producer of Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields and later the new video. Both performed well but were being filmed by Mcrae’s camera. Now, Channel 4 has branded them “pro Government Journalists.” Oh what a great honour for the two who have been thumping their chests and blowing self praises claiming they were independent journalists. Millions and millions more will get to know who the two great Sri Lankan journalists are – bootlickers of the Rajapaksa administration living on taxpayer’s money.
There were media reports of two Sri Lankan journalists being caught at a brothel in Geneva and were “fully cleaned out.” They lost their passports, money and credit cards. The journalists denied it.
Abeynaike returned to Colombo on a travel document issued by the Sri Lanka Permanent Representative’s office in Geneva. He said he lost his passport after being mugged by Ethiopian thugs. It had happened when he went for a beer. What beer? Free of course. It is the Sri Lankan taxpayer that paid for his trip to Geneva.