False reporting by the Guardian newspaper-UK
Posted on December 15th, 2011
by Mano Vithana,ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Maryland, USA.
The Guardian newspaper published on Thursday 15th December, a news item claiming that Tamils deported to Sri Lanka face torture. The article was written by Shiv Malik and Ian Cobain. In particular, these journalists, or possibly the copy editor dealing with the article included a file photo from Getty Images credited to Joe Kalamar. This image shows people behind barbed wire. What isÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â implied, not too subtly,ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â by the article is that Tamils in Sri Lanka are held under barbed wire, and that theÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â reported Tamils would face such conditions.
The actual situation is completely different, and well knwon to the UK Guardian. These reporters know that the barabed-wire photo is from 2009 May, when the Sri lankan Government dealt with 300,000 refugees who escaped the clutches of the Tamil Tigers. These refugees were sorted, fed, medically treated, and now 99% of them have been re-settled. The UN, Indian observersÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â and other agencies have vouch-safed that.
However, the Guardian rferes to ‘human-rights organizations’. It should be noted that LTTE-funded organizations, as well as the “Sril Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice “, (http://www.srilankacampaign.org/welcome.htm)ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â associatd with the very questionable “Asian Human Rights commission” also display such outdated, false barbed wire pictures to mis-inform the world about Sri Lanka. The Director of the said institute, Basil Fernando,ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â is closely associated with Garry Anadasangaree, Shivalingam and other leaders of the Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC). Previously, there existed a group known as the World Tamil Organization (WTO). ThisÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â was banned by the Canadian GovernmentÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â due to its direct associations with terrorism. Today, such associations are replaced by front organizations like the CTC, that act more indirecly.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â One wonders if the Guardian articles have a similar sinister motive, as it carries the same sort of induendo as used by the “Sri Lanka Campaigne for Justice and Peace”.
Hence this type of criminal mis-representation must be taken up in the courts, and cases should be filed by the Sri Lankan diplomatic mission in UK, and by Sri Lankan NGOs established in London, UK., against the Guardian as well as the reporters.
Parts of the article by Malik and Cobain are shown below. It displays a picture of people held behind barbed wire. Where in Sri lanka do you find that situation Today?ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â So the presentation given here is false.
In Somalia, the UN is using such barbed wire fences in dealing with refugees at food distribution points, prely to control people. But THIS NOT FOUND ANY WHERE IN SRI LANKA TODAY.The Joe Kalamat image used is OLD, out dated and NOT relevant to the situation at hand. It was taken in 2009, when 300,000 refugees had to be handled by the army.
The reporters, by displaying this picture, and the GuardianÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â editors have flagrantly misrepresented the facts
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