I hesitate to rake the muckraker, but the Leader website left last week’s caption on this week’s photo
Need to get out of bed and find the paper. Got an article on What Next in this war and what we’re actually fighting for (or should be). It’s easy to forget that the LTTE is not the actual problem. More like virulent herpes we caught after fucking around for too long. But the real issues are still, ah, there. There’s also an interesting piece where the publish the names of people who invested more than Rs. 10 million with Golden Key, including some prominent politicians.
The main things I hear about the Leader are middle-aged women on my columns (seriously, I’ve got the auntie demographic locked) and about this naming names in the Golden Key scandal. As a briefer, Lalith Kotelawala was basically running a pyramid/ponzi scheme with a lot of money, and his reputation as collateral. When the financial tide went out it emerged that the man was swimming naked. Montage has more on it. But basically, a lot of people lost their money and they’re baying for blood.
The Sunday Leader has taken the extremely controversial step of publishing the names of all the investors in Golden Key. Many people have told me this is unethical and reveals the Sunday Leader as tabloid trash. I dunno. I personally find it a bit boring, but it also happens to be true.
The Leader’s ‘Swindlers List’ is now a public document and while the paper received several requests from individuals who wished to have their names omitted from the final published list, for reasons of credibility and fairness the decision was taken to publish the names of every single major depositor in Golden Key – not a single name was omitted.
Ultimately however the list of depositors was published not to shame and ridicule the individuals concerned but to bring to light the human aspect of the scandal – to make it clear that behind the almost incomprehensible figure of Rs. 26 billion there are nearly 10,000 victims.
But again, it does seem a bit pointless and hurtful. And yet, this is public information, and there is a public interest. So really dunno. I’m inclined to defer towards anything that pisses proper Colombo off, but there is human suffering and embarrassment there. Yet, at the end of the day, it is true. The truth isn’t a bullet proof vest, but it’s a good rule of thumb.