Channel 4 playing professional fouls
Channel 4 in its new release has alleged that the
doctors who had made various statements to international media when they
were serving in government hospitals during war time in Wanni, have
changed their stance due to pressure by government while under custody
of Criminal Investigation Department (CID). If the doctors recant their
eyewitnesses they would be imprisoned under Sri Lanka's Prevention of
Terrorism Act (PTA), it has alleged.
This seems another loony allegation level against the
government of Sri Lanka by the CH 4. The fact remains true that when the
doctors in NFZ, they were entirely under control of the LTTE. The
doctors were well aware of the repercussions they would have to face if
they say anything against the Tamil Tigers. So they had spoken for them
giving exaggerated civilian casualty figures, blaming security forces of
arbitrary shelling on hospitals and so on and so forth to the
international media. This they had done only for the sake of their
survival and to treat the injured
they later revealed.
However, what is interesting here is how the CH4 has
dramatized these allegations according to its own imagination and not as
what the reality says. How on earth the CH4 says without referring to
any of the doctors who are freely available here and abroad, what had
really happened when they were in three months brief period in CID until
the initial investigations are over.
There were five doctors who served in government
hospitals in Wanni and later were liberated by the security forces. Out
of the five doctors, three of them have travelled outside Sri Lanka time
to time on personal visits, to
receive awards and to attend courses.
The countries visited by them include India, USA, Australia and Canada.
Further to the point, the doctors too have provided
their testimonies to the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC)
of their true accounts in NFZ during the last phase of humanitarian
operation. In which the doctors have revealed the truth to the world.
Also, Dr. Sathiyamoorthy who was awarded Inter Action Humanitarian Award
2010 in the USA, has addressed large gathering of international
community sharing his role, experiences, difficulties encountered
at the event. (theimho.org/blog/18-event-category-in-blog/348-sathiyamoorthy-interaction-humanitarian-award-2010")
Their details including present occupational status
and whereabouts are given below.
Sathayamoorthy MBBS - Formerly RDHS Kilinochchi and
presently Medical Superintendent, General hospital Vavuniya,
he has visited USA, Australia and Canada. 2011/12
Shanmugarajah MBBS - Formerly RDHS District Hospital
Mullaitivu and presently Medical Superintendent, Mullaitivu
Hospital, visited Geneva also attended UNHRC sessions. March
Vardharajah MBBS - Formerly RDHS District Hospital
Mullaitivu, he has been to India for several times and
subsequently migrated to the USA. 2012
Sivapalan MBBS - Formerly Medical Officer Wanni and
presently serving as MO, Kilinochchi Hospital in
Illanchelipalliayn MBBS - Formerly Medical Officer,
Kilinochchi. Presently undergoing Post graduate studies,
Therefore, it is obvious that the motives behind CH 4
new release nothing but to mislead international community attempting to
bring false charges against the GoSL. The CH 4 has been drifted long way
from professional journalism and playing professional fouls for their
sake seems appalling. Moreover, the CH 4 has now hand in hand with pro
LTTE groups and finally become their mouthpiece and giving oxygen to the
LTTE rumps in exile licking their wounds in a bid to help the outfit
gain some legitimacy but in vain.
Therefore, one must think before he jumps into this
unwarranted jargon of mis-information as the truth withstands steady
above all forces.
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