Posted on September 4th, 2009

By Walter Jayawardhana

Hundreds of British citizens of Sri Lankan origin will demonstrate in front of London’s Horseferry Road Channel 4 news television broadcasting station today demanding an apology or prove the authenticity of a video footage they broadcast claiming execution style killing by the Sri Lanka Army.

The demonstration organizers ,British Sri Lankan Forum , says the footage the television channel broadcast was actually a dramatization of a mock killing by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)to be used as propaganda material against the Sri Lanka government, eight months before it was broadcast by channel 4.

 Sri Lal Dias , one of the organizers of the demonstrators of the British Sri Lanka Forum said, “Channel 4 cannot clean themselves up by simply saying they cannot authenticate what they broadcast. They are bound to broadcast objective truth. They are not fair by its viewers if they broadcast dramatizations of incidents as truth.”

 He said they demand the Channel 4 either apologize or prove the authenticity of the video footage they showed as true.

 A petition to be handed over at the station says, “Channel 4 news in the UK broadcast unauthenticated video footage, accusing Sri Lankan security forces and the government of war crimes. This alleged incident shown on prime-time TV took the whole world by storm and hugely damaged the reputation of Sri Lanka and our brave forces as well as discrediting the reconciliation, reconstruction and rehabilitation programmes in Sri Lanka.

“Therefore, we would like to lodge our displeasure for broadcasting a fake video clip (most probably provided by a pro Tamil Tiger organisation) and request Channel 4 TV to make a public apology OR authenticate the video.”

Dias said, the demonstration will be held Saturday September 5 from 11.00 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of Channel-4 Television Corporation 124, Horseferry Road, London SW1P 2TX

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