INDICTMENT AGAINST SRI LANKA
Censorship, Disinformation & Murder of Journalists
The Killing of Pirapaharan!
Tamil Voice International Editorial, 1 June 1990
" The Killing of Pirapaharan! - New Delhi's RAW & the
What do Karuna, Ram's Hindu, Lanka Truth, Asian Tribune, B.Raman, &
Chandrika Kumaratunga have in common? - a RAW commitment to truth?"
"In India, (there is) the widespread suspicion that RAW has been
planting "stories" with the help of obliging editors and reporters
in order to wean away popular sympathy from the Eelam Tamil cause.
Where they failed to suppress Eelam Tamil nationalism through cloak
and dagger methods on Eelam Tamil soil, they now resort to a
continuous campaign of disinformation through the Indian media.
The most audacious attempt at disinformation was of course
the widely circulated story of the killing of Prabaharan last
year. One Tamil daily in Madras (the Dinamalar) even ran a
2-page report giving a blow-by-blow account of how Prabaharan's
deputy Mahendrarajah (Mahathaya) had killed his leader in a
shoot-out, how the LTTE leaders ashes were being brought to
Jaffna, giving specific names of little-known locations in
Such knowledge of place names in the north could not have been
available to that particular newspaper unless they were
furnished by an outside agency which had direct knowledge of the
northern topography. But such is the power of the printed word that
there are still weak-minded readers in India who are unable to
disbelieve that fabricated concoction despite all evidence to the
contrary. One does not have to like Mr Prabaharan in order to feel
angry over being cheated by false information. But it is the
fallibility of the human mind that it believes what it likes to