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Sunday, August 14, 2011

TAMIL TIGER INDUSTRY AND IT’S MEDIA PARTNERS

PART (2)
By Hasaka Ratnamalala
In any conflict there are people and groups malicious enough to make money out of the sufferings of human beings. At the end of any such conflict; while everyone else is enjoying the peace, these people and groups always look for new ways and methods to cultivate the conflict into new dimensions. With regards Sri Lanka’s conflict, this is the time that such people and groups are most active and the “Tamil Tiger “industry holds the monopoly in that.
“Tamil Tiger” Industry has a long history of manipulating media. It creates the buzz through media and paves the way, to other franchises of its own domain to make money. It may be a small venture such as printing a calendar with the picture of Prabakaran or it may be big businesses such as money laundering to arms deals or a cut from NGO money supposes to be sent to develop areas affected by the conflict. But at the end of the conflict, these businesses lost their appeal. Now they are trying to rebuild the lost enterprise with a new wave of media buzz. To have all back, they need an active conflict and supportive media partners.
Now in the wake of 3rd Channel 4 insult towards Sri Lanka, it has become an important task to unmask the “Tamil Tiger” industry and it’s Media Partners for the benefit of truth and the benefit of innocent civilians of Sri Lanka who deserve uninterrupted peace in their country.
In the beginning of its terrorism campaign Tamil Tigers used “Tamil Net” as the sole media partner of “Tamil Tiger Industry”, but gradually as industry grew into a massive level, it start hiring individuals and organizations from different backgrounds and in different countries.
While the war is going on Sri Lanka, these individuals were asked to carry out different psychological tasks, through their media. Making ex-parte media verdicts on Sri Lanka is the most common. Their targets were local politicians and general public in particular western countries; with the intention of gathering them against Sri Lanka and its people. Those who do not support their agenda were threatened. Politicians were threatened with votes and journalists with physically.
There are also some journalists who do not want to follow Tamil Tiger agenda. Stewart Bell of National post; is such Canadian journalist who received threats from “Tamil Tiger Industry” but didn’t obey the threats.
A female black journalist attached to a popular English News station in Toronto, confessed to this author, that she was bombarded with threatening emails just after airing a balanced news report on Sri Lanka. Due to the email threats she eventually stop reporting anything connected to Sri Lanka.
Threats for Tamil journalists never come out in public, due to the fear and character assassination followed by an attack. But we know that popular Tamil journalist DBS Jayaraj was once beaten in a Toronto parking lot by Tamil Tiger thugs.
Eventually “Tamil Tiger industry succeeded its agenda of creating a vacuum of news on Sri Lanka. This vacuum and methods of creating such vacuum are common to everywhere in the Diaspora. Once such vacuum is created; there is no one in the media daring to cross the line. Every one follows the orders without even knowing the facts and not knowing that they are following a “Tamil Tiger” industry strategy.
This strategy made any journalist or any media organization stay away from publishing or writing any positive news coming from Sri Lanka. Most media even shy away from going to press briefings of pro Sri Lanka sources in the Diaspora. Media freedom only meant to support “Tamil Tigers”.
In case of publishing a cruelty of Tamil Tigers (such as suicide bombing or mass killing by Tigers) they made sure to cut and paste following part at the end of every article.”The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels have been fighting for a separate homeland for minority Tamils in Sri Lanka's north and east since 1983”. This was a method to water down the pressure towards Tamil Tigers. These reporters neither highlighted nor mentioned in any of their news clips, that Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam killed, most of the democratic Tamil Politicians and their families in Sri Lanka; in order to gain the sole proprietorship of Tamils and they are recruiting under aged Tamil kids as soldiers.
Meanwhile western media slowly start depend on “Tamil Net” for any news on Sri Lanka and “Tamilnet” quietly deployed its propaganda through western media. Here is one example how crafty they are. Look at this picture.

This picture was published by AFP news agency; but actually was an undated picture released on April 25, 2009 by pro-LTTE website “Tamilnet”; claiming a “Genocide of Tamils”, it further claimed that civilians are taking cover after an explosion caused by a government airstrike in the no-fire zone in Mullaitivu district. AFP published this picture without even analyzing or questioning its authenticity. This picture actually was a propaganda material created by “Tamil Tiger “industry through one of its staged events.
Look closely at this part of same picture.These people are not running for their life. They do not show any signs of threat to their life. They even are smiling. Look at this girl with a camera. She smiles. Her body language shows that she is instructing people to run in order to take pictures. This proves that this is not an actual scene but a staged event to take pictures. All the people in the pictures are actors. But, AFP was telling the world that Sri Lankan air force was indiscriminately bombing Tamil civilians.
There are hundreds of similar staged pictures on the web which were issued by “Tamilnet” and copied by western media without any hesitation.
Now at the end of the conflict “Tamil Tiger Industry” is trying to create the same buzz again through media organizations such as channel 4 but materials are the same material used earlier by “Tamilnet”.
Most journalists or media organizations follow “Tamil Tigers” for money; Channel 4 is a classic example. Just few months before Channel 4 start telecasting its “Tamil Tiger” propaganda; it was in the verge of closing down. Over 300 employees of this public corporation were on the edge of losing their jobs. Even there were discussions to amalgamate C4 with BBC in order to save the organization.
Even though Channel 4 is a British Government owned establishment it is mostly depend on advertisement money; which was decreasing due to financial meltdown in Western world. According to OFCOM the British media Regulator, Channel 4 needs at least up to £100 million to £150 million a year to survive and they were ready to pull the plug off, if channel 4 does not make the target.
Amalgamation with “Tamil Tiger” industry was a “do or die” experiment incorporated by Channel 4 to save itself from closing down; while destroying media ethics and jeopardising its own creditability. Its latest documentary on Sri Lanka just proved that Channel 4 is indeed in a deep desperate financial trouble.
But, who will believe these un-credible media? Of cause there are people in NGO circles depend on these type of so called “credible information”.
For most of the international NGOs, “Sri Lanka” was among the biggest budgeted accounts, during last 30 years. There were over 200 NGOs registered in Northern and Eastern parts of the Sri Lankan, during the conflict. Millions of dollars were claimed to be poured into these areas by these NGOs but at the end of the conflict what we see is nothing but name boards of those NGOs, then what happened to the money? What work they have done during last 30 years? There is more than enough evidence to prove that these NGOs pick pocketed and shared the money with the Tamil tigers.
Also, there are some closest friends of UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, are among the believers of these so called “credible” information and they are trying to carry it as far as UNHRC meeting to be held in early next year even though with the risk of damaging credibility of the UN and its agencies.
An ex-UN official and Australian journalist Gordon Weiss is another major franchise holder of “Tamil Tiger Industry”. His Tamil Tiger sponsored book “Cage” seems to be a calculation of “Tamil Tiger” generated materials and he himself seems to be moving away from the contents of the book whenever he was questioned in public. His Tamil Tiger sponsored book launch became a disaster when he was questioned by Sri Lankan Diaspora activists and scaled down his earlier death toll from 40,000 (in the book) to 10,000 and when questioned.
At the UN, “Tamil Tiger Industry” hired another bankrupt media group named Inner City Press with a disgusting web site. A media organization claim to be reporting on UN matters but Tamil Tiger money made it to convert into an organization, only report adverse news on Sri Lanka at the UN.
We are waiting to unmask all these “Tamil Tiger” shadows in the western media for the sake of truth and uninterrupted peace in Sri Lanka. Meanwhile we are warning all media agencies and western politicians not to jeopardise your own credibility by align with “Tamil Tiger” industry.
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