Making public awareness is not intimidation: MR

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While referring to the New York Times allegation regarding threats to journalists, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s media unit today said informing the public about the contribution of government owned Sunday Observer Chief Editor to the said report, was not a case of intimidating anybody but a mere revelation of materials facts.

The media unit in a statement said following Mr. Rajapaksa’s response last Sunday to the New York Times article of 25 June 2018 on the Chinese acquisition of the Hambantota port, it published yet another article last Tuesday where they accused parliamentarians associated with the Joint Opposition of intimidating the two Sri Lankan journalists who had helped them to produce the article of 25 June.

It said the original article making the allegation that China Harbour Co had contributed a large sum of money to President Rajapaksa’s 2015 presidential election campaign and that this money had been used among other things, to buy campaign T-shirts and mementoes first appeared three years ago in the government owned Daily News of 22 July 2015.

“The New York Times by their own admission was helped by the Chief Editor of the government owned Sunday Observer to write their article of 25 June. Informing the public about this at a press conference is not a case of intimidating anybody – this is a case of revealing a material fact which will help the people understand what is going on,” it said.

“The NYT has not published the rejoinder to their article of 25 June sent last Saturday by Joint Opposition parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa who represents the Hambantota district. All they have done in terms of giving us a right of reply is to post a link to President Rajapaksa’s response as inconspicuously as possible in their latest article.,”

What we learn from this is that a newspaper that is ideologically aligned to the Obama-Clinton liberal camp and is not fair even to the incumbent President of the United States, cannot be expected to be fair towards the former President of Sri Lanka.

In last Tuesday’s article, the NYT has said that it was from a government news release issued in 2010 that they obtained the information that the feasibility studies on the Hambantota port had been negative.

In this era, nobody should base a serious allegation on a mere internet post. If the NYT had asked the former Central Bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal whom they had interviewed, he could have enlightened them about the feasibility studies done by SNC Lavalin of Canada and Ramboll of Denmark.

As for the money that is supposed to have been given for President Rajapaksa’s 2015 presidential election campaign by China Harbour Co, the present government did not suspend the activities of all Chinese Construction companies in Sri Lanka to check on their engineering credentials or their project experience.

The only matter investigated was whether these companies had any improper dealings with members of the Rajapaksa government. China Harbour Co was cleared of any wrongdoing and all their projects including the flagship Colombo Port City project, were restored to them.

In last Tuesday’s article, the NYT has once again said that the present government of Sri Lanka handed over the Hambantota port to China because they were unable to repay the loan taken to build it. The reason why the NYT clings so doggedly to this idea despite President Rajapaksa’s explanation last Sunday, is probably to explain away the embarrassing fact that the Hambantota port was given to China by the very government that the Obama administration had spent hundreds of millions of Dollars to bring into power - as admitted by former US Secretary of State John Kerry in 2016.

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  • Arthur Thursday, 05 July 2018 06:38 PM

    Stop the explanations. Please file action against NYT if you have the guts.

    Banda Friday, 06 July 2018 06:49 PM

    How can I do that, I thought I would win again and so instead of asking in cash, accepted cheques and that’s my headaches. NYT knows well that I can’t go to a New York court!

    Borat Thursday, 05 July 2018 08:56 PM

    Awareness. Yes likewise others also need to make voters aware of the crooked Rajapakse. Lan

    Gamaya Thursday, 05 July 2018 09:03 PM

    Mr RAJAPAKSA or is it Messers RAJAPAKSE? We support you to the Hilt. So let us sue the NY TIMES for defamation. That is the obvious and best option available. We your LOYAL supporters are confident that you have nothing to hide. SUE the NY TIMES and that will also make you very rich legitimately.

    Haramanis Friday, 06 July 2018 01:33 PM

    I agree with Gamaya after all G R is now famous for filing preventive actions. Aiya ask Malli and once You expose the NY TIMES you will be even more famous and can launder all the black money as well with the damages awarded.

    Ruwan Thursday, 05 July 2018 09:19 PM

    "Thoththa baba Mahinda".

    ravin Friday, 06 July 2018 09:01 AM

    No need on emphasising your public awareness programs. For example bus gamunu's program. But international communities look at those differently. So " a a banis walata aa keselkan".

    Lord Wolfstein Friday, 06 July 2018 11:45 AM

    The NYT is an honest and liberal newspaper. This newspaper also reports truthfully about Trump, how he cheated the world community, his own country, manipulated his election with Russian help, his whoredom stories in Russia, and his collaboration with the mafia. Equally true are the reports about the dumped Sri Lankan dictator.

    SAM Friday, 06 July 2018 11:53 AM

    Is the Sudhu Redhi also intimidation?

    Yeti Friday, 06 July 2018 05:56 PM

    It's not the song but how you sang it!!!


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