I’m talking about the documentary which aired 14 June 2011 on Channel 4: ‘Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields’… I know it has been out there for a while now, but recent activity on social networking site Facebook has prompted me to write this.
With all due respect to Jon Snow for been so bold in highlighting these issues, I think the report could have been more unbiased and included sources from both sides. The full documentary can be watched at: http://srilanka.channel4.com/index.shtml
As a student of journalism I find this very disturbing. We’re expected to have integrity, check our sources and most importantly to be unbiased.
When I saw this report countering Channel 4’s report, I was extremely proud of the organisation who produced it, for standing up for their country.
A Facebook friend wrote:
“where were your human rights when 20 millions Aborigines were killed in Australia? Or when USA sent the nuclear bombs to Hiroshima? How about when more than 100 million Indians were killed in North America? Where were the objections when 180 million Africans were taken as slaves and 88% of them died and was thrown in the Atlantic ocean? When a western country takes over a country and ruins it after raping it of it resources there is NO ONE TO OBJECT!!! But when one nation tries to protect themselves from a brutal terrorist organisation.. it’s genocide! Don’t over look the other citizens of Sri Lanka that suffered at places of worship.. while travelling by bus and train.. at their homes… we all suffered.. we were not fighting a race.. we were fighting TERRORISTS… war has casualties from every side.. before you point fingers at things that do not exist just to divert people’s attention from all the mess you create.. clean your acts.. because they are far from perfect…”
The author of the quote is obviously upset by these events like most Sri Lankans, but it is also important to note that the events referred to by her happened a long time ago and the world has moved on to be a better place with regard to human rights. We should also consider the various events where civilians were the victims of war in places such as Iraq, Afghanistan and other Middle East countries in more recent times where the UN needs to question human rights violations if they are questioning the Sri Lankan issue.
It’s time we stand up and show people what our country is made of: The hunger for peace and safety, full of ambition, pregnant with natural resources and beautiful landscapes. We’re trying to put behind a past we would like to forget and move on, taking with us those who suffered more, from the North, the East, the South and the West… why can’t you?