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English media's coverage on Lankan issue criticised

india Updated: Feb 14, 2009 19:55 IST

The English media in the country was "largely projecting" the Tamils "struggle" in Sri Lanka as a terror movement and under-reported "human rights violation," by the Sri Lankan government, a newly formed non-governmental organisation, alleged on Saturday.

Announcing the launch of the "Indians Against Genocide," Fr Jegath Gasper Raj, one of its members and Director of Tamil Maiyam, a cultural organisation whose patron is DMK Rajya Sabha member and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi's daughter Kanimozhi, told reporters in Chennai that the forum was ready to work with the media on this matter.

The English media should "now investigate, report and argue for the need of a UN Security Council mandated Inquiry Commission to go into all human rights violations against the Tamil people," he said.

Quoting some statistics, which he said were carried by Amnesty International and the BBC, Raj said that since January this year, nearly 1,700 Tamils were killed and charged the Sri Lankan army with using a variety of bombs against the ethnic minorities.

The newly formed forum would take out a peace walk here on Feberuary 22 from the War Memorial to Mahatma Gandhi statue demanding for an immediate ceasefire in the northern Sri Lanka and re-start the peace process "towards a lasting political solution,." he said.