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Censorship, Disinformation & Murder of Journalists

MTV & the United Peoples Front Alliance

Jaffna, 30 June 2004

From a well wisher from Thirunelvely, Jaffna to Maharaja Television (MTV) in Colombo

"...I felt that I should write after watching a news item on News First  where a senior member of the UPFA Alliance was vilifying MTV and its owners for the kind of news coverage that your channels provide. What came to my mind was the well known adage that it is the tree that bears fruit abundantly that has the most stones cast at it. I am sure that you all would have known that you must be doing something right to receive such attention from a personage like Mr.Weeravamsa (of the JVP)

For the Tamil community in the north the MTV news channel is the only one that is available to us that is independent and tries to tell it like it is. I for one am greatly appreciative of the fact that the Tamil viewpoint is given sufficient airtime, something for which News First must be unique in this country. Like with all news programmes criticism can be made but overwhelmingly I would say the balance and the stance is something your organization can take great satisfaction in. At a time when the state media has been reduced to the same plight as that seen in totalitarian states, news programmes such as this are crucial for the public to be informed of what goes on.

I am sure that you subscribe to the philosophy of 'sticks and stones---'! I am confident that this will only further encourage your team. I certainly hope News First goes from strength to strength..."


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