Anatomy of a #FakeNews Attack on Sri Lanka’s Democracy

Update after events of March 5th 2018 here.

As the dust was settling after the political earthquake on February 10th 2018, and even during the campaign, what was most conspicuous by its absence were the NGO-media.

In the run up to the 2015 presidential election which saw incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa toppled by an internal coup, and later in the 2015 general election which followed it, this NGO-media force worked extremely hard to shape the perceptions around Rajapaksa and his government.

Aided by the relatively insufficient, slow, and unsophisticated responses of the Rajapaksa government, the NGO-media were able to rapidly sow ethnic divisions, stoke racial tensions, and spread all kinds of unbelievable allegations of corruption and murder against the Rajapaksa government and even against his family members.

It is now with the same mendacity that they have re-emerged, one day after the full results of the elections were released.

No doubt, they had spent all of the 11th February 2018 plotting with their foreign paymasters and strategists about how to proceed. A key political creator and dissseminator of Sri Lanka’s very own #FakeNewsMedia was Mangala Samaraweera.

His outburst on the 12th of February, where he said it was the “duty” of the UNP was to prevent Rajapaksa’s return to power (rather than to develop the country), indicated how this Fake News elite was going to respond.

The attack which followed was a direct assault on Sri Lanka’s democracy and its people’s choice of Mahinda Rajapaksa’s SLPP to form the government of Sri Lanka.

The attack came less than 48 hours after the election, while the media was focusing on last-ditch efforts of Sirisena and Ranil to save their sinking regime.

Precisely on cue the main culprits who formed the electronic cyber-warfare division of the anti-Rajapaksa coup plotters burst forth in a well orchestrated and coordinated attack, which as usual unfolded on Twitter.

First came the key tweet:


Then came the coordinated followups:


And this gem:


The “letter” itself is here:

Original image is here

But thanks to the honest citizens, we can see that this was in fact a perfect example of #FakeNews.

Here is the reply that debunks the whole narrative:


The image of the full debunking response can be seen here:

DV2tJ3zU0AABjfg.jpg large.jpg
Original image is here

Looks like the coup plotters of 2015 have regrouped and have now recycled the old tricks from before.

Fortunately citizens are awake these days, as can be seen in the following responses.

Here is one:


And this is one too:


It’s great to know that people can see through all these lies, exaggerations, and total #FakeNews. Please use the hashtags #බොරුපුවත් and #FakeNewsMedia when you find similar stories and together we can put a stop to the #FakeNewsMedia and #FakeNews menace that plagues Sri Lanka’s media.

This complaint-like Tweet also from the same culprit didn’t sit well with me either:


Why are they unhappy about Mahinda’s security being increased? Surely she knows his life is in danger from Tamil terrorists.

This episode shows the desperation of the anti-national forces led by the NGO-media to prevent the return of Mahinda Rajapaksa to power.

Let’s fight together to stop the terror-backing FakeNewsMedia of Sri Lanka.

#බොරුපුවත් #FakeNewsMedia


2 thoughts on “Anatomy of a #FakeNews Attack on Sri Lanka’s Democracy

  1. Pingback: #FakeNews Strikes Again – THE WAY AHEAD FOR SRI LANKA

  2. Pingback: Tragedy in Kandy — so many coincidences – THE WAY AHEAD FOR SRI LANKA

Agree? Disagree? Comment below!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s