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1 British Channel-4 TV allegations Manipulating the medium and showing horror executions by/of LTTE terrorists ?

2 Planting the story? The first UK show was on Ch. 4 TV, in August 2009, showing a naked bound man being shot from behind – the war ended on 19 May 2009. The first UK show was on Ch. 4 TV, in August 2009, showing a naked bound man being shot from behind – the war ended on 19 May 2009. The time difference between the gunshot sound and the appearance of the image is 0.296 sec. The time difference between the gunshot sound and the appearance of the image is 0.296 sec. Hence the victim was ~102 meters away. But the victim is only a few feet away in the picture. Hence the victim was ~102 meters away. But the victim is only a few feet away in the picture. The words, claimed to be Sinhala are unclear – dubbed in ? – from a Tamil original ? The words, claimed to be Sinhala are unclear – dubbed in ? – from a Tamil original ?

3 First Gunfire

4 Diagnosis The time synchronization etc have become impaired during the dubbing and doctoring of the original video. The time synchronization etc have become impaired during the dubbing and doctoring of the original video. A close shot does more damge than shown in the video !!! A close shot does more damge than shown in the video !!! This seems totally untrustworthy. This seems totally untrustworthy. Source and authorship unknown. Source and authorship unknown.

5 LTTE practice of executing prisoners That the LTTE routinely executed its prisoners, and sent assassins to target any dissent or opposition is well known. That the LTTE routinely executed its prisoners, and sent assassins to target any dissent or opposition is well known. Videos were made by the LTTE – the source of these Ch4-footage. Videos were made by the LTTE – the source of these Ch4-footage. The fleeing tigers killed and executed their prisoners: see: The fleeing tigers killed and executed their prisoners: see: http://www.defence.lk/new.asp?fname=20101126_01 http://www.defence.lk/new.asp?fname=20101126_01 http://www.defence.lk/new.asp?fname=20101126_01 Adel Balasinghams book records teaching young Tamil kids to use arms, even suicide, to kill the `enemy. Adel Balasinghams book records teaching young Tamil kids to use arms, even suicide, to kill the `enemy. 600 policemen who surrendered were executed in cold blood by the LTTE negating an assurance to the President of the country. 600 policemen who surrendered were executed in cold blood by the LTTE negating an assurance to the President of the country. Canadian refugee-seeking Tamils have testified to the killing of prisoners by the LTTE Canadian refugee-seeking Tamils have testified to the killing of prisoners by the LTTE See Globe and Mail, April 19 th 2011 story: See Globe and Mail, April 19 th 2011 story: Tamil migrant …shooting soldiers Tamil migrant …shooting soldiers

6 A second show in Boston Boston-Lanka news, June 14, 2010 aired the same Ch4-TV execution but with killers speaking Tamil, unlike in Ch4TV !!! Boston-Lanka news, June 14, 2010 aired the same Ch4-TV execution but with killers speaking Tamil, unlike in Ch4TV !!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohI3CSD4neM http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohI3CSD4neM Boston Lanka News Edition June 14, 2010) Boston Lanka News Edition June 14, 2010) Are Tamil tigers wearing army dress executing prisoners, but mocked up by LTTE propagandists and Ch4-TV to say the very opposite ????? Are Tamil tigers wearing army dress executing prisoners, but mocked up by LTTE propagandists and Ch4-TV to say the very opposite ?????

7 GTF program against Sri Lanka The actions of Ch4-TV have to be understood in the context of the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) made up of Tamil separatists who previously supported the Eelam program of the LTTE, and collected money to buy arms. The actions of Ch4-TV have to be understood in the context of the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) made up of Tamil separatists who previously supported the Eelam program of the LTTE, and collected money to buy arms. The wealthy GTF has recruited Labour- and Conservative MPs, especially those who lost their seats. The wealthy GTF has recruited Labour- and Conservative MPs, especially those who lost their seats. The GTF hired Joan Ryan (former Home Minister/Labour) as its Chief Executive after she lost her seat at the last parliamentary polls The GTF hired Joan Ryan (former Home Minister/Labour) as its Chief Executive after she lost her seat at the last parliamentary polls Are there deep reasons why the GTF has a hold on Joan Rayn who is obliged to work for this group? Are there deep reasons why the GTF has a hold on Joan Rayn who is obliged to work for this group? The GTF has backed the Ch4-TV item as proof of its allegations as it seems to have nothing more definitive. The GTF has backed the Ch4-TV item as proof of its allegations as it seems to have nothing more definitive.

8 Darusman report on Sri Lanka The pressure on the UN came from many quarters The pressure on the UN came from many quarters One typical example is the campaign for justice and peace in Sri Lanka, set up to pressurize the UN One typical example is the campaign for justice and peace in Sri Lanka, set up to pressurize the UN This involved an Asian Human Rights Commission run by a Basil Fernando whose links with Garry Anandasangaree and Harini Sivalingam are well exposed. This involved an Asian Human Rights Commission run by a Basil Fernando whose links with Garry Anandasangaree and Harini Sivalingam are well exposed. What are their links with Navaneetha Pillai? What are their links with Navaneetha Pillai? Why did Ban-ki-Moon choose a Darusman whose record of activities in Indonesia/South Asia go contrary to human-rights concerns? Why did Ban-ki-Moon choose a Darusman whose record of activities in Indonesia/South Asia go contrary to human-rights concerns? Why was the Ban-ki-Moon advisory panel chosen deviating from standard UN practice of using its own experts? Why was the Ban-ki-Moon advisory panel chosen deviating from standard UN practice of using its own experts? Why produce an anecdotal report of mere allegations ? Why produce an anecdotal report of mere allegations ?

9 Geneva sessions, UNHCR June 2011 UN Rapporteur, Chris Heyns (friend of Navaneetha Pillai) claims that a new Ch-4 TV video is `authenticated by three forensic experts of the US, and tables the video in Geneva. UN Rapporteur, Chris Heyns (friend of Navaneetha Pillai) claims that a new Ch-4 TV video is `authenticated by three forensic experts of the US, and tables the video in Geneva. The new video is the same old video with added footage and details to further authenticate the item. The new video is the same old video with added footage and details to further authenticate the item. Callum Macrae who directed the Ch4 extended video admits that the killing fields of Sri lanka are from photographic stills, clippings, old footages and satellite imagery – a collage - also shown in Geneva by Amnesty International. Callum Macrae who directed the Ch4 extended video admits that the killing fields of Sri lanka are from photographic stills, clippings, old footages and satellite imagery – a collage - also shown in Geneva by Amnesty International.

10 If there were new evidence? Why was this not made available to the Ban-Ki-moon panel? Why was this not made available to the Ban-Ki-moon panel? Wasnt the Moon panel not high-powered enough than Channel-4 to get at existing facts? Wasnt the Moon panel not high-powered enough than Channel-4 to get at existing facts? Why was due process side-stepped for a trial by TV without inputs from the other side? Why was due process side-stepped for a trial by TV without inputs from the other side?

11 The view of an independent expert Executive director of IPTV systems, Sydney (previously, head of Ciscos global broadcast and digital video practice division) has also examined the new Ch4- TV item of Chris Heyns Executive director of IPTV systems, Sydney (previously, head of Ciscos global broadcast and digital video practice division) has also examined the new Ch4- TV item of Chris Heyns His conclusions are the very opposite of the `authentication claimed by the UN lobby and the British-Tamil Forum. His conclusions are the very opposite of the `authentication claimed by the UN lobby and the British-Tamil Forum.

12 Views of the IPTV (ex-CISCO) expert-part I These views have been summarized in a news report in the Asian Tribune, June 6, 2011. These views have been summarized in a news report in the Asian Tribune, June 6, 2011. The video is dated UTC 2009-07-15, and taken from a video camera and not from a mobile phone, as claimed by one of Heyns experts but not the other ? The video is dated UTC 2009-07-15, and taken from a video camera and not from a mobile phone, as claimed by one of Heyns experts but not the other ? There is more than one video layer, and the unexplainable time off-set between audio and image is 0.296 sec as in the old Ch4-TV. There is more than one video layer, and the unexplainable time off-set between audio and image is 0.296 sec as in the old Ch4-TV. Grant Fredericks (hired by Heyns) claims that the video uses an optical zoom which is not available as yet on mobile phones, and that Philips Editing software has been used, contrary to claims of Jeff Spivak, another expert hired by Heyns). Grant Fredericks (hired by Heyns) claims that the video uses an optical zoom which is not available as yet on mobile phones, and that Philips Editing software has been used, contrary to claims of Jeff Spivak, another expert hired by Heyns).

13 Views of the IPTV (ex-CISCO) expert-part II There are 17 new frames inconsistent with the old video. There are 17 new frames inconsistent with the old video. It is suggested that this arose when transferring from Video format to mobile- phone format. Mr. Grant (hired expert) says that he cannot explain it. It is suggested that this arose when transferring from Video format to mobile- phone format. Mr. Grant (hired expert) says that he cannot explain it. The editing of the new part of the execution is similar to that of the old part, and probably done on a PC. The editing of the new part of the execution is similar to that of the old part, and probably done on a PC.

14 Broadcasting gory horror Broadcasting gory horror Most civilized countries prohibit the airing of gory horror, or profiting by showing executions, torture etc. Most civilized countries prohibit the airing of gory horror, or profiting by showing executions, torture etc. If you can show such stuff, you make money If you can show such stuff, you make money A neat way to side-step the law is the need to air war crimes. A neat way to side-step the law is the need to air war crimes. THE BOTTOM LINE – making money ? THE BOTTOM LINE – making money ?

15 To kill a mocking bird-I? Was it a public lynching of Sri Lanka by an enraged righteous holier-than-thou western crusade? Was it a public lynching of Sri Lanka by an enraged righteous holier-than-thou western crusade? Why not fully reveal the well known past of some the persons focused in Ch-4: Why not fully reveal the well known past of some the persons focused in Ch-4: like Issipriya the innocent journalist – a Lt Col of the Tiger military and married to Sea Tiger Ram? like Issipriya the innocent journalist – a Lt Col of the Tiger military and married to Sea Tiger Ram? See ministry of defence See ministry of defence See ministry of defence See ministry of defence

16 To kill a mocking bird-II ? Another Channel-4 witness is Ramesh alias Romeo-Siera alias Thurairajasingham. Another Channel-4 witness is Ramesh alias Romeo-Siera alias Thurairajasingham. Ramesh is an LTTE military commander who led the attacks on many fronts (e.g., the Ellavala attack) since 1995 and led the Iranamadu (Ranamaduwa) battle in 2008 Ramesh is an LTTE military commander who led the attacks on many fronts (e.g., the Ellavala attack) since 1995 and led the Iranamadu (Ranamaduwa) battle in 2008 He was an executioner of 600 policemen as instructed by Anton and Adel Balasingham. He was an executioner of 600 policemen as instructed by Anton and Adel Balasingham.

17 To kill a mocking bird - III Another Channel-4 witness is Thimalvamy Kumar – she was a Britisher working with the LTTE and brought to the freed IDP camps in Vavunia (Vannimava) in 2009. Another Channel-4 witness is Thimalvamy Kumar – she was a Britisher working with the LTTE and brought to the freed IDP camps in Vavunia (Vannimava) in 2009. How did she, a Britisher, get into the Vanni war zone? How did she, a Britisher, get into the Vanni war zone? She was released instead of being tried for collaborating with the enemy. She was released instead of being tried for collaborating with the enemy.

18 Justice needs to be done Parading ex-Tiger military cadre as witnesses, & using footage supplied by them kill the chances for a future fair trial of war criminals. Parading ex-Tiger military cadre as witnesses, & using footage supplied by them kill the chances for a future fair trial of war criminals. Channel-4 has hardened the the Tamil diaspora and the Sri Lankan nationalist, diminishing RECONCILIATION. Channel-4 has hardened the the Tamil diaspora and the Sri Lankan nationalist, diminishing RECONCILIATION. This is a beggar's wound for Channel-4 and HR NGOs to make money This is a beggar's wound for Channel-4 and HR NGOs to make money

19 International fall out The claim of genocide and torture implicit in channel-4 helps the bogus refugee claimants and their highly paid lawyers. The claim of genocide and torture implicit in channel-4 helps the bogus refugee claimants and their highly paid lawyers. These claims help manipulate the ethnic vote by political parties. These claims help manipulate the ethnic vote by political parties. The NDP in Canada adopted an adverse vote on Sri Lanka after Channel-4. The NDP in Canada adopted an adverse vote on Sri Lanka after Channel-4.

20 Wanted – probe into Channel 4 Given the extensive ramifications of the channel- 4 broadcast : Media transparency – public access to all documents and sources needed. Media transparency – public access to all documents and sources needed. Justice to both sides needed. Justice to both sides needed. WE CALL FOR A JUDICIAL REVIEW OF THE BROADCAST FOOTAGE, WITNESSES, AND THE JOURNALISTS INVOLVED. WE CALL FOR A JUDICIAL REVIEW OF THE BROADCAST FOOTAGE, WITNESSES, AND THE JOURNALISTS INVOLVED.


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