Image of Frederica via RubyGoes.
I was at my Achchi’s, eating all the pol sambol. They get the Island so I was reading that. Apparently the government line against The Sunday Leader is that the Editor, Frederica Jansz, was angry cause they didn’t make her a diplomat. This is one of the dumber excuses I’ve heard, ever. As a quick refresher, the government is angry because Frederica published the filth that the Defense Secretary actually said. As a further refresher, Frederica Jansz is no diplomat.
Honestly, it doesn’t matter what happened, nothing excuses a public official say ‘pig shit fuckity fuck’ (I’m only slightly paraphrasing Gotabhaya Rajapaksa here, the words are his) and threatening to kill anybody. In any civilized country such an official would step down. Even in a dignified barbary you’d get an apology. Instead the government is doubling down on stupid, trying to tax and subdue online media for being ‘filthy‘ while government officials blackguard the media in filth.
This line of attack against Frederica, however, takes the cake. Frederica Jansz is not known for diplomatic words. Unless you’re sending her to someplace you’re actively trying to start a war with, she’s not the best choice for diplomat. Not that the Rajapaksas appoint diplomats or anyone, really, on a merit-basis. But the idea that the government was trying to bribe her and things went screwy is not the most believable or even relevant defense.
The Defense Secretary was way out of line. That’s all it is. And the government’s media policy is offensive and dumb. And bear in mind that this all started over a puppy. Seriously. It’s like someone gave the worst children in school a government. And guns.