No More Dissent

The website LankaDissent has decided to close down operations. The website is now replaced by a black page which reads as follows:

In this land of the most compassionate Lord Buddha….. 

Sinhala Buddhists who believe this land belongs to the most compassionate Lord Buddha and constitutionally calls it the “Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka”, sing with pride “In wisdom and strength renewed / Ill-will, hatred, strife all ended / In love enfolded, a mighty nation / Marching onward, all as one / Lead us, Mother, to fullest freedom.” as their National Anthem.

And….. in this compassionate, democratic Buddhist land enfolded with love, in wisdom and fullest freedom, media is forbiden to raise a dissenting voice. Media is forbidden to criticise the “law” of the ruling regime. The media is forbitten to speak for the people.

Many who thought they as the media have a right to freedom of expression, they have a right to information, that the people also have the same right and that it is a fundamental right in a modern civilised society, have been told very bluntly and at times most brutally, that it isn’t so in this land of the compassionate, democratic republic, run by a “patriotic” regime. 

The Tamil media in the North were the first to have been told this bluntly and ruthlessly while the Colombo media did not want those dissenting voices in the North, heard elsewhere. They had to learn that lesson, first hand.

And….that was a lesson learnt by some, who are not with us to tell their story. That is a lesson learnt by some, who don’t have the right to say it, because they have a right to live some time more. For a lot, it was their station “Sirasa” that went ablaze with that lesson. It was their station that was smashed and set on fire to teach a lesson. 

For Lasantha Wickramatunge, an editor with a passion for uncompromising media professionalism, it was a challenge to face. A challenge he never minced words, in meeting. He had his own aggressive style in meeting the challenge. Admired and respected but left alone without political backing. 

And….. he, therefore, could not surmount this challenge, all by himself.

A lesson learnt, that needs no repeats to learn. This compassionate Sinhala Buddhist land does not tolerate “dissent”. Those who would not want to learn that living, would have to learn that in death. We who live, would come back when “dissent” comes back as a democratic right, accepted and enjoyed in a modern land of compassion.

Till then, good bye!

Editorial Board

Open for comments. Previous home page of LankaDissent is available on Google Cache.


7 responses to “No More Dissent

  1. Another victory for the patriotic forces. It’s time for the NGOs to face reality. There were two camps, one said always peace talks, the other said war.

    The war side has won. Peace camp said all those theories, all of them are false. All conflict resolution programs need to include war as one solution.

    The way to win against terrorism is to have a good intelligent war. Not shooting everywhere. Systematically, government must keep the support of people, by keeping media under control. So this is needed. Lanka Dissent was saying few things. Now no more, we should be happy. All this freedom of expression like stuff is good for peace time. But war is war.

    Other countries do the same. Actually, in other countries every youth is drafted to war, and it’ won like that. If we did this, then the war would be over by now.

    But even after 20 years we are doing it. Again, all this Lanka Dissent can come back in peace time, now we need to be patriots.

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  3. OH! What an irony. This is a classic case of the Rajapaksa regime doing exactly the opposite of what it promised.
    Yes, if its a compassionate Buddhist country, how can there be so much blood spilling ?
    How can the government deny responsibility ?
    “Siyalu sathwayo Nivan dakithwa”

  4. “editorial” seems to have been written by someone with not much connection to reality and exaggerated idea of his/her own importance. did anyone ever hear of this place before ?
    more likely given there was no traffic to speak of donars stopped funding

  5. Sittingnut, LankaDissent, was one of the leading news site in Sri Lanka along with LankaeNews. Your ignorance, amazes me at times.

  6. for conspisrcy theorsist etc ? yes
    but can you give visitor numbers?

  7. No, for people who wanted news. Again, your ignorance and prejudice amaze me. And how am I supposed to give you visitor numbers when I don’t have access to their stats?

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