Lankapage Logo Recent Top Stories
CP 14 YEARS
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to LankaPage.com

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* India bans release of British television film on Sri Lanka's war
Sat, Feb 22, 2014, 09:11 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 22, Colombo: India has banned the release of controversial film on Sri Lanka's war "No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka "produced by Britain's Channel 4 Television.

India's Central Board of Film Certification has refused to grant a censor certificate for the documentary claiming that the film cannot be allowed to show in theaters because most of the visuals are of a "disturbing nature and not fit for public exhibition".

In response to the refusal, the director of the film, Callum Macrae has decided to post the documentary on line for in India and Malaysia from Sunday media reports said.

In a telephone interview with Wall Street Journal Macrae has said that India doesn't want the film to be seen for political expediency.

"India is denying access to evidence of war crimes, and participating in a process to prevent the truth from getting out," he charged.

"It is India's moral duty to allow the truth to come out," said Macrae.

Indian authorities last November denied Macrae visa to visit India to screen his documentary in New Delhi. However, Sri Lanka allowed him to visit the island to cover the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) held in Colombo from November 15-17.

Last year Nepal banned the screening of the controversial documentary at the Film South Asia (FSA) festival and Malaysia has also banned showing the film in that country.

Macrae's 93-minute documentary reportedly contains eyewitness accounts and personal testimonies from U.N. workers and Sri Lankan civilians who were in the war zone during the final phase of Sri Lanka's protracted civil war with the Tamil Tiger terrorists.

Sri Lanka has strongly rejected Macrae's documentary on alleged humanitarian law violations saying that the film contained no facts but "concocted lies, half-truths and speculations" put together to embarrass the country.

ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories
Colombo Stock Exchange to educate Sri Lankan pensioners on sustainable financial planning
-- [2 hours ago]
Law expert says U.S. can try Sri Lanka's ex-Defense Secretary if no domestic probe on him
-- [2 hours ago]
European Commission offers Sri Lanka assistance in meeting regulatory requirements to lift EU fishing ban
-- [4 hours ago]
Sri Lankan government to merge SriLankan and Mihin to cut losses, increase productivity
-- [5 hours ago]
Sri Lanka's new government already taken important measures to improve human rights - HRW
-- [5 hours ago]
Sri Lanka bans previous government's luxury casino projects
-- [6 hours ago]
UK Minister visiting Sri Lanka travels to North
-- [7 hours ago]
Sri Lankan government's interim budget brings relief to people, imposes heavy taxes on liquor and casinos
-- [8 hours ago]
New MP sworn in Sri Lanka parliament to fill President's seat
-- [8 hours ago]
Sri Lanka Cabinet approves revising bill to cover 80% of cigarette packs with pictorial warnings

Copyright © 2000, 2014 by LankaPage.com (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of LankaPage.com, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from LankaPage.com, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.