Exiled journalists provide video-report

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A media rights group called ‘Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka (JDS)’- consisting a group of exiled journalists from Sri Lanka- has provided British Channel 4 television with the execution video with Sinhala speech which allegedly shows extra-judicial killings by Sri Lankan troops, the BBC Sinhala service reported.

The group also dismissed the ‘new executions video clip’ with Tamil speech aired in a pro government television channel as "fake" and one that emerged two years ago.

The JDS says that the "newly emerged" video was first published in a pro government website on 18 September 2009. JDS also calls upon the government to submit the clip to an international investigation for authentication.

The Sri Lankan government claims that the video contains Tamil Tigers committing a crime against Sri Lankan soldiers.

Sanath Balasuriya, a spokesman for JDS told BBC Sinhala service that the new claim invalidates the government's previous claim that such an incident never occurred.

"In a report by a so-called group of experts, the government said it was staged and not something that actually happened. If the government now says that the video shows a crime committed by the LTTE, it is an admission that such an incident did actually happen," he said.

JDS provided British Channel 4 television with a video with the same visuals and Sinhala speech which apparently shows extra-judicial killings by Sri Lankan troops.

An extended version of that video has been viewed by the UN Special Rapporteur on extra judicial, summary or arbitrary executions who concluded the incident as authentic.

JDS spokesman Balasuriya challenged the Sri Lankan government to provide the longer version with Tamil speech 'if it shows a crime committed by Tamil Tigers'.
 

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  • WICKRAMA Tuesday, 05 July 2011 05:40 PM

    Practice their proffession?? They were and still are practicing the OLDEST profession!!

    WICKRAMA Tuesday, 05 July 2011 05:51 PM

    The question is WHO recorded the video/s ? LTTE cameramens with their video recorders or SL soldiers with their "mobile phones"??

    WICKRAMA Tuesday, 05 July 2011 05:54 PM

    LTTE is very much more advanced in not only computer jilmaart, but also many other types of jilmaarts as well.!!

    jayantha Tuesday, 05 July 2011 07:55 AM

    Is this sanath balasooriya a srilankan.Never let him to come to srilanka.

    NADARAJAH SETHURUPAN Tuesday, 05 July 2011 08:06 AM

    Exiled Sinhala journalists provide video-report, not Tamil journalists.

    Smart Alec Tuesday, 05 July 2011 08:11 AM

    Govt. is familiar with "computer Jill Mart" So need only elbow grease to alter and apply " Jill Mart" to a video.
    Somebody is not telling the truth

    senthur Tuesday, 05 July 2011 06:31 PM

    yes son life threat from the hell, the sri lankan government.

    pop up Tuesday, 05 July 2011 08:23 AM

    More confusion to the soup.... The amazing blander is that, what we hear is not Jaffna Tamil slang.....I!!!!!!!!!!

    managala Tuesday, 05 July 2011 08:42 AM

    Western Money At Work !!!

    Eddie Tuesday, 05 July 2011 08:50 AM

    I'm told the Tamil spoken by the killers is NOT Jaffna Tamil. Its either Sinhalese Tamil or Indian Tamil. Govt. has decided that the DM readers are fools.

    cw Tuesday, 05 July 2011 08:53 AM

    These so called journalists are the Traitors of the nation. Who is this Balasooriya? Never heard of the Journalist by that name. If they are real journalists they should come forward. Even the paper boys become Journalist when they want a good life overseas. Remember one of these "journalists" misused NGO funds and fled while investigation was being held. Now seeking political asylum in a western country citing life threats in SL. Probably he is getting life threats from hell.

    Gura Tuesday, 05 July 2011 06:00 AM

    Although LTTE desrves a trial fot the crimes they have committed, there cannot be any reason to justify this kind of brutality.

    Udi Tuesday, 05 July 2011 05:58 AM

    JDS..you have done someting that the UN couldn't do...well done. Bring the truth to world and let the decide who is the culprit...

    managala Tuesday, 05 July 2011 06:11 AM

    No Wonder They are Exiled....

    unknown Tuesday, 05 July 2011 02:40 AM

    This proves that GOSL is doing some cheap editing gimmicks..

    yakadayaka Tuesday, 05 July 2011 02:42 AM

    Dollar kakko going shopping aginst the country

    Calistus Jayatilleke Tuesday, 05 July 2011 02:46 AM

    Video editing with audio changes is just a simple task which can be done by even a novice. So, it is nothing for people who are adept at "computer jilmart". Anyway, what else can one expect from the self-exiled journalists who had been threatened with death, kidnapped in white vans, beaten to almost death when all they were doing was to practice their profession. All these things are due to arrogance of the government.


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