Friday, May 21, 2010

'Channel 4 brings up war crimes when we negotiate with intl. community': Media Minister

By Sandun A. Jayasekera - Cabinet spokesman, Information and Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said that the British Channel 4 TV station has a tendency to telecast fabricated stories on Sri Lanka whenever it negotiates with the international community.

Addressing the weekly cabinet press briefing held yesterday at the Government Information Department, he said Channel 4 once again has exhumed an anti Sri Lanka episode on war crimes which was proved to be false 10 months ago. “They have once again brought up this sordid story just when a Sri Lankan delegation is to attend crucial trade talks in Brussels with the European Union. I categorically deny these allegations of war atrocities said to have been committed by our armed forces,” Minister Rambukwella emphasized.

The Sri Lanka government got the assistance of two academics to check the authenticity of the visuals of the first telecast of Channel 4. The two experts promptly shot down the alleged firing on Tamil civilians by armed forces personnel and said the video was a doctored production. They timed the telecast showing the first video on war crimes when Sri Lanka was attending the UN Human Rights Commission sessions in Geneva last year.

“The Sri Lankan government thereafter challenged Channel 4 to prove these experts wrong, but they could not,” Minister Rambukwella stressed. Minister Rambukwella said legal action in the form of a civil case would be filed against Channel 4 after consulting the Attorney General.

© Daily Mirror

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