Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The Email sent by Dr.Chrishantha Abeysena

From: Dr. Chrishantha Abeysena <***************@mfac.kln.ac.lk>
Subject: Fw: urgent

The CNN web site and the TV are now conducting a voteon , "Should the International Community intervene in Sri Lanka ”?Pl click the linkbelow and say no.

Also Please forward this mail to all your friends asking them to do the same.


Thank you very much.


Dr.Murali Vallipuranathan's reply which cost him his job:

From: drmurali_1999@yahoo.com
Subject: Re: Fw: urgent

Dear Dr.Abeysena,

What do you want us to do? Observe silently the inhuman treatment taking place at the Forced Detention Camps (FDC) under the name of provision of health services and security? I think this is time for us (the medical professionals) to discuss this more openly without any racial feelings. I hope you are aware of what is realy happening at the FDC if not please watch the channel 4 and enlighten yourself. (Click here)

Anyway IC will not interfere just because somebody vote at CNN.

Await you kind response (except the white van reaction)

Thank you


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Monday, December 15, 2008

Grant Fredricks: A Profile

Recognized as a pioneer in Forensic Video Analysis applications, Grant Fredericks has been examining video evidence for over twenty-five years. He is a former police officer and Coordinator of the Vancouver Police Forensic Video Unit in Canada and continues to provide expert evidence in many of the most complicated criminal court cases involving video evidence.

Grant is a contract instructor of forensic video applications at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA and is the Principal Instructor of Digital Multi-media Evidence Processing for the Law Enforcement & Emergency Services Video Association, an organization that has trained more than 1,500 government video analysts from throughout the world. He is also the Team Leader of LEVA’s Forensic Video Analysis Certification Program.

Grant’s has contributed as an on-air consultant for countless broadcast television programs including CNN, CBC, BBC, MSNBC, Discovery Channel, Court TV, FOX News, On the Record With Greta Van Susteren, ABC’s 20/20, Good Morning America and World News Tonight.

He is the digital multimedia evidence advisor to the International Association of Chiefs of Police for its police in-car video program, which is sponsored by the US Department of Justice.

The majority of Grant’s work focuses on conducting examinations of video evidence and providing testimony in criminal and civil cases.

Principal Instructor - Law Enforcement & Emergency Services Video Association
(Legal Services industry)
October 1998 — Present (11 years 3 months)
Responsible for development and delivery of four primary courses in the science of Forensic Video Analysis:
Level I
Level II
Level III
Photographic/Video Comparisons

Manager: Forensic Video Division - Avid Technology
(Public Company; AVID; Computer Software industry)
March 2000 — December 2006 (6 years 10 months)
Responsible for the development of a law enforcement and government vertical market for Avid Technology's forensic video tools.

Police Officer - Vancouver Police Department
(Legal Services industry)
December 1988 — March 2000 (11 years 4 months)
Coordinator of the Forensic Video Unit

Owner - West Coast Communications
(Legal Services industry)
August 1984 — March 2000 (15 years 8 months)
Crime related television programming. Crime Scene Reconstruction. Video Analysis/Reverse Projections.

News Reporter/Producer - Global Television
(Public Company; Broadcast Media industry)
January 1983 — February 1988 (5 years 2 months)
News Reporter
Producer/Director of Crime Recreation/Analysis & Reconstruction

Grant Fredericks’s Education
Gonzaga University
Broadcast Television Communications , Television , 1978 — 1982

Activities and Societies:
Intern at NPR KPBX National Public Radio (1981)
Intern at KREM News - CBS Affiliate (1982)

Additional Information

Grant Fredericks’s Websites: Forensic Video Solutions

Grant Fredericks’s Groups:
Media-Geek.com - The Forensic Multimedia Community

© www.linkedin.com

For more Information:
Grant Fredricks - Zoom Info
Instructor Biographies - keyforensic

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Saturday, April 26, 2008

Celebrating Sivaram's Life : A walk down memory lane

29 April 2010

Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, Holborn, London WC1R 4RL

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Monday, February 18, 2008


On 18 February, 1990 IPS editor and correspondent in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Richard de Zoysa, was abducted and murdered by an armed gang, believed to be a death squad. He was 32 at the time of his death.

Richard De Zoysa was a multi-faceted personality who left a lasting impression during a short but prolific creative span. He was a media critic, announcer, teledrama and stage actor, author and journalist. Richard de Zoysa was awarded posthumously the 1990 IPS International Achievement Award. The IPS Award for Excellence in Independent Journalism was renamed in his honour.

Richard’s gruesome killing spurred his mother, Dr. Manorani Saravanamuttu, to launch a campaign for justice for the “disappeared” on behalf of the mothers who had lost their sons; wives who had lost their husbands; sisters who had lost their brothers. Dr. Saravanamuttu’s relentless campaign attracted international attention towards the plight of victims who disappeared without a trace during the 1988-90 terror period. In 1996, she was awarded the ‘Weera Mathru’ (heroic mother) title. (IPS)

The Poet

I am the eye of the camera
Can only reflect, never reject
Never deflect.

I am the eye of the Camera
Silent recorder of life and death
Eye that can only reflect
Never conjure up images
Probe the reality
Never reject.

I am the eye of the Camera
I reflect nothing, but the truth
The external reality
Can not deflect
The mind of the viewer
From the picture to passion.

I let them all fashion
Their truths through my magic
I can not reject, the external reality
That passes for truth

And what is rejected
By natural selection
Has nothing to do with me
When I am impotent
Robbed of my power
My eyes in the dark at the moment of crisis
See nothing, but well favoured men of the hour.

I am the storm’s eye
Ceaselessly turning around me
The burning the death the destruction
The clichés that govern the world of the words
Of the prophets and preachers, and may be the savior
Are lost to my peering
Blind eye in the dark.

Richard de Zoysa (1989)

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Thursday, January 31, 2008


November 23, 2010 :

URGENT ALERT (UPDATE) : No confirmed information on arrested journalist

November 19, 2010 :
URGENT ALERT: A Tamil journalist arrested at the Colombo Airport!

January 30, 2010 :
URGENT ALERT: CID SEALS "LANKA IRIDA"! / Court Revoked Seal - 01.02.2010

January 30, 2010 :

January 29, 2010 :

January 29, 2010 :

January 29, 2010 :

October 17, 2009 :

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Tuesday, January 08, 2008


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Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Refugee camps flooded

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Tuesday, January 08, 2008


This page is still under construction.

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Tuesday, January 08, 2008


JDS Monthly Bulletin - October 2009

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Tuesday, January 08, 2008


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Tuesday, January 08, 2008

SRI LANKA: The Police `forced` a mentally retarded man to drown in Colombo

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A man was forced to drown in Bambalapitiyam Colombo on 30th October in front of several onlookers.

The victim was believed to be mentally retarded and used to throw stones towards trains and vehicles passing by, according to the Police spokesman.

The victim, Balawarnam Sivakumar, an ethnic Tamil from Ratmalana, had reportedly thrown stones towards the Bambalapitiya police before jumping into the sea. The shocking television footage taken by a cameraman from his television office showed policemen attempting to beat the victim using sticks and preventing him from coming ashore resulting in his death by drowning.

The body of Balawarnam Sivakumar was washed ashore near the Kollupitiya Railway station at around noon on 30th October. His body had been identified by his elder brother Balawarnam Kadirgamanathan (32).

Related Links:
Crowd watch as police beat man to death
Three more cops wanted over B’balapitiya attack
Political parties and human rights organisations protest
" I saw the body of the victim floating in the water" - TNL Assistant News Editor

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Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Contact Us

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Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka (JDS) is an action group of journalists, writers, artists and human rights defenders in exile who are campaigning for democracy, human rights and media freedom in Sri Lanka.

We are always pleased to receive comments about this site and our work. If you need to contact JDS, just fill in the form below and 'click' send.

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Monday, January 07, 2008

Independent experts who assisted the UN investigation

Peter Diaczuk - Firearms Evidence Expert

Peter Diaczuk is the Director of Forensic Science Training, Center for Modern Forensic Practice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Apart from working as a Range Officer and Certified Firearms Instructor Mr.Diaczuk has been active in several professional organizations, including: New York Microscopical Society (Life member, Fellow and current President), Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientists (member and Board of Directors), American Society of Testing and Materials (E30 Committee on Forensic Science, E30.01 Subcommittee on Criminalistics), American Board of Criminalistics (Diplomate), the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (Full Member of the Criminalistics Section), and member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

His research performed includes survivability of fingerprints on firearms under water, differentiating entry from exit bullet holes in garments, deposition of blood spatter from gunshot wounds, catastrophic failure of ammunition from exposure to heat from a fire scene, retinal damage due to plastic (air soft) pellet impact with the cornea, analysis of bullet ricochet from yielding and non-yielding surfaces, comparison of evidence packaging methods, evaluation of Kevlar fibers as a bullet recovery medium and its effect on the survivability of stria, comparison of water tank, elastomer spheres, soap cubes, wax cubes and polymer sheets for bullet recovery, comparison of gunshot residue retention values on synthetic fibers as a function of melting point, determination of explosive precursors by polarized light microscopy, optical characteristics of an improvised explosive, and analysis of containment vessels used for chemical reaction bombs.

Mr.Diaczuk, received Jerome Metzner Graduate Award in Forensic Science for excellence in forensic microtechniques, John Jay College, 2003. Has been on panel discussions, given over 50 presentations on forensic science topics, and has conducted five workshops on scientific firearm and toolmark examination.

He is qualified as expert witness on firearms, trace evidence, and crime scene reconstruction for courts in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.


Dr. Daniel Spitz - Forensic Pathologist

Dr. Daniel Spitz is the chief Medical Examiner of the Macomb and St. Clair County Medical Examiner Departments in Michigan. He is also an Assistant Professor of pathology at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit.

Dr. Spitz received his forensic pathology training at the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner Department in Miami, Florida and is certified by the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic, Clinical and Forensic Pathology. He is author of numerous scientific articles and book chapters and is the editor of two books: Differential Diagnosis in Surgical Pathology and the 4th Education of Medicolegal Investigation of Death.


Jeff S. Spivack - Forensic Video Analyst

Jeff Spivack is a Forensic Multimedia Analyst currently in private practice, formerly serving in that capacity with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD). During his tenure with LVMPD, Mr.Spivack secured video and audio recordings from crime scenes and processed the recordings in Metro's laboratory to obtain investigative leads and court admissible evidence in cases including, but not limited to burglary, armed robbery, sexual assault, and homicide. Both with Metro and in private practice, he has been accepted on numerous occasions as an expert witness and has testified in that capacity before grand juries, at depositions, and at trial. Combining technical/scientific experience acquired as a calibration laboratory specialist for the US Air Force with extensive investigative experience, he holds an AAS in Electronic Systems Technology.

In addition to providing forensic video and audio analysis services, Mr. Spivack provides training upon request to law enforcement agencies, and serves as a beta tester and authorized technical representative for Cognitech, Inc. forensic video analysis software products. Mr. Spivack is a member of the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute, is designated by that organization as a Certified Forensic Consultant, and has been qualified as an expert witness on the subject of forensic video analysis in courts throughout the United States in both civil and criminal proceedings.

His other professional affiliations include the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers and Evidence Photographers International Counsel.

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