“Danaganin Minnissunge Baley!”
“This is the power of the people, GOT IT??!”
A war cry worth taking up! This is what one fearless colleague of mine at SLRC shouted at the modern day Government’s idea of the palace joker. Since the Dubious Doctor decides to take his goons, including a man who is suspected of a double murder & beat up the news director for not broadcasting his miserly little speech, & has the audacity to think he can walk out of their unharmed on the strength of his “fire power” has learned a lesson, yes lady journalist who shouted these phrases, I support you.
Yes, I am a journalist of sorts, and yes, I am BIASED. I hate this joker’s guts. So he got what was coming to him- especially when you push the limits just a wee bit too far. Yes, I have, despite my conscience, been commissioned to sing even HIS praises! Good GOD!
“Mervin Meets His Waterloo”, the Daily Mirror reports.
I agree. If he doesn’t realise he can push only so far by now, he’s a goat. Well, maybe that’s an insult to an animal. I don’t think he has the brains.
As an irony, police and army were called in to protect the very men they should stand up against! The tourism ministry picked its tag line well, “Sri Lanka: A land like no other”.
The right of free expression is enshrined in the Sri Lankan constitution. So, as a corollary, media freedom, to act as they think fit within an ethical framework must also be so. I am sure the learned judges of the Supreme Court will up hold my analysis…interpretation of the law is their area of speciality! Hey, I’m just the student!
This is not to be taken lightly then, an attack on the fundamental rights to be up held by the supreme Sri Lankan constitution; which the government, as Executive, is both duty and honour bound to uphold.
So, Mr. President MR, what are you going to do about your little misfit today?! Your ministers reacted. Every bully gets the cane some day; don’t you think this one has got off for a little too long?
Because make no mistake, you saw the first risings of a sleeping giant today, if you don’t have the guts to do it now, soon, WE WILL!
Nipuni is a Core Group Member of Beyond Borders and has a day-job at the SLRC. She’s also a third-year undergraduate student of Law. Opinions expressed here are those of the author and not necessarily of the organisation (seriously..).