Channel 4 to show film on Sri Lanka’s war crimes

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 27 April 2011, 05:35 GMT]
Channel 4 is to air “probably the most horrific” footage it has ever shown in an investigation into alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka, The Guardian reported Tuesday. Because of the horrific nature of the videos, the film, presented by Jon Snow, will air in a late night slot in May and C4 said that "distressing images will be preceded by appropriate warnings".

"We have trawled through hours of devastating imagery shot by Tamils under attack and Sri Lankan soldiers as war trophies. The claims made by eyewitnesses in the film appear to be illustrated in each case by video footage or still images, " said the film’s director Callum Macrae, adding that "The Sri Lankan government wanted a war without witness – deporting journalists and pressurising UN representatives to leave – but it didn't allow for the extraordinary power of mobile phone and satellite technology.

According to Channel 4’s head of news and current affairs, Dorothy Byrne, "This dossier of visual evidence of alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by forces of the government of Sri Lanka is of the greatest possible public interest. We believe that screening it is the only way to enable viewers to make their own informed judgments about what happened."

"The footage is probably the most horrific the channel has ever shown. The decision to show it at length was made only after serious and careful consideration,” she further said.


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