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Dear #American journalists:
For the love of whatever you hold holy, stop twisting this incident to serve your anti-Facebook technovalley politics.
Right now, in a country with tight government controls on trad media, social media is a boon for us. #lka
And make an effort to understand; violence in #lka began before social media, Internet, telephony.
To a large extent much of race hatred is still fuelled by print media in this country.
You want to point fingers, at least do your research into a complex history.
Take a look at statements by local politicians, see how they are reacting. Look up the patterns of violence around elections, race issues, politics.
Leave your biases and baggage at the door.
Keep in mind that some of the voices you will hear pontificating are not from #lka, and have not been for decades, and understand the zeitgeist about as much as my cat understands Twitter. Look for local journalists on the #lka tag.
Whether you like it or not the overwhelming mindshare your platforms have enable you to set the global narrative around Sri Lanka...so do your job and be responsible. Thank you.
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