Prof. Neelika Malavige of the Department of Immunology and Molecular Medicine, University of Sri Jayewardenepura said that she had not suggested that schools be reopened.
Issuing a statement on Facebook, Prof. Malavige urged Sri Lankan media institutions to refrain from misquoting her and posting content out of context, especially given the fact that the country was in the middle of a pandemic
Given below is her statement in full: “I have been silent all this time while Sri Lankan media has been misquoting me, stating things that I never said, taking a single sentence out of a 30-40 minute webinar I do, and taking the whole thing out of context. I am just sick and tired of the Sri Lankan media doing this to me. This must stop! Why are they doing this? Is there no stop to this? Don’t they know the harm they cause by misquoting things and even worse posting things that I never said? Also, to all the media out there, when I do a 30-40 minute webinar and you take just 1 sentence out of the whole webinar and put it as a headline, how misleading is that?
I did NOT say that we should open schools now. We have a lockdown and cases and deaths have just started to come down. If anyone is interested about what I actually said during a webinar at Gateway college, please watch the below.
All those who just comment on the media articles, without checking if I said this or not, humiliate me, ridicule me, I have nothing to say to you too.”