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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2310

Rupavahini TV’s interest in an LTTE event in Canada ‘Exposed’

Rupavahini TV’s interest in an LTTE event in Canada ‘Exposed’

State owned Rupavahini- a national television's interest in an LTTE event in Canada ‘Exposed’ The TV has said to have indicated its interest in covering an LTTE’s event in Canada even being not in the list of one of the media invitees.

It is now brought to light that though the TV channel was not invited by the event organizers in Toronto, the Tamil broadcasting services of ‘Rupavahini TV’ has indicated its willingness and readiness to travel to Canada and to cover the Thai Pongal event to be held in Toronto by the pro-LTTE organization, on the 20th of this month.

In a letter addressed to Maithripala Srisena, President of Sri Lanka, Mr. Mahinda Gunasekera, a Canadian of Sri Lankan origin, and also the President of Sri Lanka United National Association of Canada, has expressed that he was intrigued by the interest shown by the Tamil Broadcasting Service of the Sri Lanka’s state owned TV – Rupavahini, which has indicated that it would be travelling all the way from Colombo to Toronto, to cover the Thai Pongal event, organized by the Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC), scheduled to be held in Toronto, on the 20th of January 2018.

Mr. Mahinda Gunasekera, a vocal critic of LTTE activities in Canada in particular and internationally in general, has pointed out in his communication to the Sri Lankan President, with copies to Cabinet Ministers, Deputy Ministers and Heads of Departments, that the CTC has been a leading spokesperson for the proscribed Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). It was formed soon after the US State Department listed the Federation of Associations of Canadian Tamils (FACT) as a front organization for the LTTE with a new name and new faces to carry on the propaganda and support services for the LTTE.

He distinctly pointed out that Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC) has stated that they had not invited Rupavahini, but that Rupavahini has requested that they be allowed to cover the event, to which they agreed.

He went on to say,” I am aware that CTC officials recently travelled to Sri Lanka to meet with government ministers and officials, and most likely sought coverage by Rupavahini of their mono-ethnic Thai Pongal celebrations, where they may well have a program to remember their heroes in the LTTE, who were engaged in suicide bombings, ethnic cleansing, assassinations and numerous acts of violence and murder.

He added that Father Emmanuel, resides in Germany, who previously compared the LTTE Supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran to Jesus Christ, was also in Sri Lanka at the same time as a VIP, and he too may have nudged the Sri Lankan authorities to send their Rupavahini team to Toronto.

Mr. Mahinda Gunasekera further added, “At a time when ordinary Sri Lankans are struggling to survive with escalating living costs relating to higher sales taxes and income taxes, the government of Sri Lanka which has hitherto never covered events organized by the country’s diplomatic missions to improve inter-community relations aimed at building reconciliation have not been covered live by the state media.

In his correspondent he concluded, “I suppose the Minister in charge of the Media has good reasons for incurring a large expense in scarce foreign funds for this ‘tamasha’ in terms of the secret talks he has previously had in Singapore, etc., with the Tamil diaspora represented by the LTTE front organizations operating in western countries”.

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Rupavahini TV’s interest in an LTTE event in Canada ‘Exposed’
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