UK media ‘falsified’ facts-Rajiv

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Parliamentarian and Adviser to the Sri Lankan President on Reconciliation Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha accused the British media of conducting a hostile campaign against the Sri Lanka Government singling out The Times and Channel 4 for what he described as their attempts to “falsify” facts.

Prof.. Wijesinha said Sri Lanka had been the target of an “astonishing spate of attacks” with several British media outlets appeared “determined to falsify’’.

“The Times engaged in a particularly vicious campaign which another British journalist explained as arising from its association with New Labour…,’’ he said addressing a gathering of expatriates at the Sri Lanka High Commission in London today.

In his presentation `‘Reconciliation in the Context of Channel 4 allegations”, Prof.Wijesinha said the British media coverage had contributed to polarization among Sri Lankans thus hindering efforts at reconciliation. The Channel recently screened a film containing footage that it claimed showed human rights abuses by government forces.

Criticising a Guardian stringer for his “erroneous reports’’, Prof.Wijesinha said:`` His stories had often to be corrected, though he flatly refused to correct the most outrageous of them, when he claimed that 11 women had been found with their throats cut. He confessed that there was no basis for this, and that his source could not be trusted.’’

About Channel 4’s coverage, he said: “From the start it seemed there was a conspiratorial element to it, and their team was soon asked to leave. So it was not surprising that later… they produced the first aggressive attack on Sri Lanka, in the form of a brief clip shown in August 2009. They refused to allow the High Commission to see this in advance, and indeed did not show anyone the video they had received. They even refused to give it to the U.N. Special Rapporteur, who was instead shown another version, different in some particulars, supplied by an outfit called Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka.’

Prof.Wijesinha enumerated the efforts the Government was making to heal the ethnic divide and, answering questions from the audience, urged expatriates of all ethnicities to come forward and help the Government.

(The Hindu)

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  • Dr.Wimal_Modawansa Thursday, 07 July 2011 02:46 AM

    We should not send persons incapable to respond to questions to forums or interviews.
    Specially jokers of this nature who spoils our countries image sould be kept only with in the parliament.
    May god bless Raja-Pakistan.

    Chamara Thursday, 07 July 2011 02:54 AM

    I do not think that sovereign country like Srilanka must sue foreign organizations for all kind of allegations .

    SWRD Thursday, 07 July 2011 03:02 AM

    "TALKING" FOR OWN SURVIVING

    Philly Thursday, 07 July 2011 08:32 AM

    Oh really, but need to answer for their all allegations? isn't SL doing ?

    Sammy Thursday, 07 July 2011 04:46 AM

    Why does not the government & its various machinery be more proactive & assertive in countering "baseless" negative propaganda against it, in the international arena?

    managala Thursday, 07 July 2011 06:05 AM

    We appreciate your efforts Professor keep it up its behalf of Sri Lanka our mother land.....

    Hipo Thursday, 07 July 2011 06:24 AM

    We should ignore the media and ensure our true friends are properly briefed.

    Nighthawk Thursday, 07 July 2011 01:56 AM

    Who is twisting facts? What a person to be the adviser for reconciliation, with these people around, you will the reconciliation will be a distant dream

    lanka Thursday, 07 July 2011 01:56 AM

    if you really believe in what you say, you should sue channel 4 for its faslsfiy. You should bear expenses if the case is rejected British court. Please file case against c4.

    MAhelaM Thursday, 07 July 2011 02:06 AM

    Hon. MP ! You looked absolutely "brilliant" during your hard talk ! Accept(Except) that you lost ! Keep appearing in many more "Hard Talk" like programs in future ! That will show off our country !

    Thomas Thursday, 07 July 2011 02:10 AM

    If they are wrong, why don't you prove that you are not guilty?

    guzban Friday, 08 July 2011 03:29 AM

    What Image?


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