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* 'Channel 4 video another attempt to discredit Sri Lanka'
Tue, Mar 11, 2014, 12:57 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 10, Colombo: Sri Lanka flatly rejected the latest video footage produced by Britain's Channel 4 journalist Callum Macrae in a report released Sunday to coincide with the ongoing session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva.

The new footage, released just ahead of a vote to be taken at the UNHRC on a resolution calling for an international inquiry into Sri Lanka's alleged human rights and humanitarian law violations, shows disturbing images of uniformed men appeared to be Sri Lankan soldiers abusing bodies identified in Macrae's report as those of female Tamil Tiger fighters.

Macrae says that he was not clear when the footage was filmed but was taken during the war by a soldier using a mobile phone camera.

The Military Spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya rejected the allegations saying that the video was another attempt by Channel 4 to discredit the Sri Lankan government and the security forces.

Brigadier Wanigasooriya charged that Channel 4 was aligned with pro-LTTE Tamil diaspora and is supporting their cause.

The video footage came from the British Tamil Forum - an umbrella organization for several Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora groups based in the United Kingdom, the Hindu reported.

The Sri Lankan High Commission in the UK meanwhile in a statement said the video is a continuation of Channel 4's efforts to denigrate Sri Lanka and to undermine the ongoing process of reconciliation and healing after three-decade long war.

The High Commission said Macrae's allegations are such "unmitigated and unsubstantiated rubbish" that he "even makes gutter journalism appear to be Pulitzer Prize-winning professionalism."

"What makes your journalism doubly dubious and obnoxiously unbalanced is that you expect us to comment on footage which, in fairness, we have not even been given the opportunity of seeing or hearing," the High Commission said.

Macrae has released several video footages of alleged war crimes to coincide with previous UNHRC sessions.

He recently released the controversial film on Sri Lanka's war "No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka "on line after India banned its release in theaters.

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.

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