Sunday, November 15, 2009

Defence analysts lose their guns

In Sri Lanka's media firmament, the new breed of defence correspondents proliferated as the military campaign against Tiger guerrillas intensified. In May this year, the guerrillas were vanquished.

And now, the scribes who reported on the issues of the victor and the vanquished are in trouble. This is in both the state-run and sections of the private media.

It has very little to do with the guerrillas. It is over General Sarath Fonseka, the man who gave leadership to militarily destroy them. Some are under orders not to refer to him. Others have been shifted around from one medium to another so their reports no longer appear.

Yet, two of the affected called on Gen. Fonseka last Tuesday evening for a friendly chat over recent developments. Sad enough, they cannot report what he said. One of them was busy last Thursday sending out SMS messages to inform media and diplomatic missions that Gen. Fonseka was on his way to the Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya.

© The Sunday Times

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