Sunday Leader Editor Frederica Jansz has said that she will respond fully to inaccuracies regarding her testimony in the White Flag case in this Sunday’s editorial. In the interim she said “most of the news reports are absolutely inaccurate and are reporting the complete opposite of what I said.” This refers to both the Island and the Daily Mirror.
Specific inaccuracies in the Daily Mirror include
“The witness admitted that she does not have any experience as a News Editor but worked as a Features Editor earlier. She said she supplied features to the lead page of the weekend paper.”
Ms. Jansz worked as the Editor Investigations and had never been Features Editor.
In reply Fredrica Jansz said she did not asked it as she did not consider it to be an important question.
In court Ms. Jansz said that she did ask the question and did consider it important.
In addition, the Island made notable and misleading errors such as:
The witness also said Lal Wickrematunga had not been present at the interview that she had had with accused Fonseka.
Lal Wickrematunge was at the meeting, as was stated.
When further questioned, she said a trainee, Rajneesh, had taken down the notes while she conducted the interview and the interview had been published under the trainee’s byline.
The ‘trainee’ in question was Raknish Savan Wijewardene, a journalist at the time and not a trainee. The spelling of his name is easily found on the Internet, yet the Island got even this simple detail wrong.
The inaccuracies in the news reports were reported to court today.