Sri Lanka arrests Channel-4 journalists

[TamilNet, Saturday, 09 May 2009, 17:27 GMT]
Three British TV Channel-4 journalists, Nick Paton-Walsh, the channel's Asian correspondent, producer Bessie Du and cameraman Matt Jasper, who were covering the Sri Lanka conflict in Trincomalee have been arrested and are being taken to Colombo, AP reported. Channel-4's first independently filmed recent exposure coverage of the conditions of the Tamil refugees who fled the war and being in the internment camps had irked Colombo. The blatant rights violations of the Sri Lanka state had disturbed the world at large for the cavaliar fashion the state was behaving towards the civilians.

PDF IconGrim scenes at Sri Lankan camps Channel 4 News
ITN News, which produces Channel 4, confirmed that its reporting team has been ordered to leave the country by the Sri Lankan Defense Minister, "after reporting allegations of abuse and ill-treatment of Tamils held in internment camps," the AP report said.

Nick Paton Walsh, Channel-4 Asia Correspondent
Nick Paton Walsh, Channel-4 Asia Correspondent
Despite dithering within the apex rights body, the UN, that had allowed the Sri Lanka state a free hand in killing the civilians in its pursuit of the Tigers, other independent rights watch dogs including the New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW), and independent media including Inner City Press (ICP) have been exposing the war-crimes being committed by the Sri Lanka state.


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