15 June, 2021

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I Trust The Sri Lankan Government Will Welcome Me – Channel 4’s Callum Macrae

“Certainly I intend to be present at the CHOGM as a fully accredited member of the media, as I was at the last CHOGM in Australia. I trust the Sri Lankan Government will welcome me there and will accord me and all the members of the international press free full access to all the groups and people in accordance with fundamental Commonwealth principles on human rights and free press.” says the Documentary-Maker – Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields Callum Macrae.

Callum Macrae

He made above remarks with an interview with Ceylon Today journalist Sulochana Ramiah Mohan on last Sunday.

We publish below the interview in full;

Q: Channel4 has continuously highlighted purported commission of war crimes by the Sri Lankan Security Forces, a claim the Sri Lankan Government has steadfastly denied. Given that your content is seriously disputed by the State, how do you propose to prove the authenticity of your content?

A: The evidence comes not just from us, but from a whole range of bodies. The UN panel of independent experts concluded crimes were committed by both sides, but most deaths came as a result of government shelling of the so-called No Fire Zones.

Our investigation – conducted over three years – was subjected to very strenuous scrutiny. The Sri Lankan Government supporters made over 100 complaints about our TV coverage to the UK’s independent broadcasting regulatory body, Office of Communications (OFCOM). After lengthy investigations every single complaint was rejected. It was accepted we had carried out an extensive investigation, verified the authenticity of this material and subjected evidence to rigorous journalistic analysis and cross-checking.

A second UN investigation by a completely different team, the Petrie Report – found more evidence of war crimes. And then there’s the evidence in the leaked US cables, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) descriptions, the satellite images with their conclusive evidence of shelling.

Against that what do you have?

A government, which claims it had a policy of ‘zero civilian casualties’ and on the last day of the war declared, unbelievably, that ‘all of the civilians who were inside the No Fire Zone have now been rescued by government forces.’ Even the government now admits 7,000 died.

The problem is so much of what the government says is simply implausible. Take their claims they weren’t using heavy weapons, for example, the claims they maintained even while heavy weapons were regularly shown in use on government TV news reports!

And if there were no heavy weapons being used why was Shavendra Silva interviewed on the front line, posing beside a tank used in the massacre at Pudumathalan, (when thousands died in a massive assault to split the NFZ in half). Or why – on the last day of the war, on the beach at Mullivaikal – did the Sri Lanka Army fire a massive celebratory barrage on a huge array of heavy weapons, including multi-barrel guns?

I am sorry but we – and all the other investigations including those of the UN, Amnesty and Human Rights Watch – have proof of our claims. It is the government’s version of events which flies in the face of the available evidence.

Q: A charge against Channel4 is it raises the issue of alleged war crimes only when the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is to discuss Sri Lanka’s human rights record. What is the reason for it?

A: I am a journalist. I make current affairs documentaries. I research and uncover truths, which are relevant and newsworthy. So, of course, I prepare such evidence in time for important events. That’s not a conspiracy – that’s journalism!

Journalists have a vital and important role in calling governments to account and forcing them to confront genuine concerns from their own people and from the international community. That is why there is so much concern from around the world that in Sri Lanka so many journalists and media workers have been exiled, have disappeared or been killed.

Q: A committee appointed by the Sri Lanka Army probed the Channel4 documentaries and declared the content ‘doctored’. What evidence do you have, if you so wish to, disprove the findings?

A: The Army investigated itself and found itself innocent? I have to say I am not very surprised!

Our evidence was not ‘doctored’ in any way. Every frame of footage was cross-checked against known events, dates and locations. The material, which depicts actual war crimes like executions, the aftermath of sexual assault and torture, was carefully analyzed and authenticated by forensic digital image analysts. They checked the technical meta- data and examined each frame for evidence of editing or image alteration.

They looked at visual clues like the direction of the light – and were even able to tell us what kind of phone or camera took each clip. They also compared the images of the same scene shot on different devices. There were no discrepancies.

The material was analyzed by a leading forensic pathologist, who examined the wounds, the nature of the blood spatter and so on. He too concluded there was no evidence to suggest any of the images were faked. Separately, the UN’s Special Rapporteur commissioned an investigation which reported: ‘The overall conclusion reached by the experts is the video is authentic… The view in the video footage is neither doctored nor staged; it shows real people being summarily executed.’

I’m afraid that – unpalatable as the truth may be – this evidence is not faked. These things really did happen.

Q: The government has blamed Channel4’s documentary series on Sri Lanka as a planned act to bring disrepute to the island. Why have you not taken steps to counter these charges, given that you have lobbied against Sri Lanka strongly?

A: Can I just clarify one thing. I haven’t lobbied against Sri Lanka. I have called for our evidence of war crimes, to be investigated.

By investigating war crimes in Sri Lanka I am acting no differently than when I made films investigating allegations of war crimes by British and American forces in Iraq. It is my job. I will investigate war crimes whether allegedly committed – or actually committed – by the British Government, the Sri Lankan Government or the LTTE.

But I have always resisted the temptation to respond to claims which are self-evidently untrue. For example, I have consistently been accused of having been paid by the ‘LTTE Rump’ to make these films – once even of having been paid US$ 5 million by the LTTE!

Can I remind you what my films have said – over and over again: The LTTE is guilty of war crimes. They are guilty of using terror tactics, of forcibly conscripting child soldiers and using suicide bombers. In the latest film No Fire Zone I ran horrifying footage of LTTE suicide attacks in areas full of innocent civilians. I accused them of shooting at Tamil civilians trying to escape the NFZs.

Does the government really believe the Tigers paid me to say these things! These kinds of accusations are clearly absurd. That is why I ignore them.

Q:The government has requested for the original video footage from Channel4 to assess authenticity of the content. Are you willing to comply with the request?

A: The execution footage was taken by government soldiers – men who are, or are supposed to be, under the control of the government. Why has the government not collected these images itself? In all of the footage you can see other soldiers filming on their phones. In the pictures of Col. Ramesh, after his execution, we can see an identifiable soldier being shot. We can see several phones being used in the footage where bound naked fighters are being executed in cold blood. We can hear voices and identify some soldiers.

It is beyond comprehension the Army has not investigated and collected these images themselves from the men under their command. Why are they asking a British filmmaker for them?

I fear the real reason they want my particular copies is not because they want to investigate the images, but because they want to track down the people who leaked them. In any case, most of them are now freely available on the internet. Indeed, some material has been made available to them by the UN.

Q: The Sri Lankan authorities claim you failed to practice fair journalism when footage was released for public consumption without the government’s version in it, rendering your content biased and unacceptable. What’s your response?

A: When we made the two TV films, we sent detailed letters to the Sri Lankan Government describing every significant allegation, inviting them to take part in an interview and give their side of the story.

They refused, saying: “The Government of Sri Lanka does not wish to be associated with the Channel at any time, unless and until a suitable retraction is made to the satisfaction of the government.”

Despite that, we included a clear representation of the government’s position on all the main claims.

So, the truth is we did ask them for their version – and they refused to give it. Not the other way round!

Q: Sri Lankan Ambassador to the European Union, P.M. Amza, has said you have misinterpreted what the interviewees have said. For example, one alleged victim says in Tamil; ‘Athavathuaspaththirikku aim panniththanadichchiruppinam,’ which literally translates to ‘they may have aimed and attacked the hospital’ contrary to what is translated in the broadcast videos. Do you accept this can be easily construed as an attempt to bring the government to disrepute? Who were your translators? Why have you not verified the translations?

A: Before both the UN and the European parliamentary screenings of No Fire Zone, we invited the Sri Lankan Government to address the meeting. At the UN meeting, the Sri Lankan Ambassador arrived after the film had finished, read a statementල which entirely failed to address the issues in the film – and then left before anyone could reply!

I didn’t see at what point Amza arrived at the European screening – but after the film finished, he also made a statement in which he asked several questions – and then left without waiting for the answers. Bizarrely, the two bits of Tamil, which he quoted (and you refer to) are not even in the film! These quotes were actually in the TV documentaries and at no time did we misrepresent anyone. We used several translators to check and double check translations. In any event, there is extensive evidence, which supports the allegation that government shelling fell on hospitals.

Q: The Sri Lankan Ambassador to the EU has refuted the specific allegation on the killing of a 12-year-old boy, identified as the youngest son of the LTTE Leader. The Ambassador has raised the issue as to why the ‘expert forensic opinion’ insisted the child was killed inside the bunker not by the Army but possibly by his own bodyguards, to prevent him from being captured by the Security Forces. Why was this possibility never addressed?

A: Again you will see why I am so reluctant to get involved in these debates. Think about how they were found. Does Amza seriously think the bodyguards killed the child by shooting him five times, and then shot themselves in the back of the head while blindfolded – and with their hands tied behind their backs?

Q: Are there going to be any more videos in the Killing Fields series?

A: That depends on what other evidence emerges.

Q:Will you try to draw attention to the human rights issues of Sri Lanka during the forthcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM)? Is that your next advocacy platform?

A: Certainly I intend to be present at the CHOGM as a fully accredited member of the media, as I was at the last CHOGM in Australia.

I trust the Sri Lankan Government will welcome me there and will accord me and all the members of the international press free full access to all the groups and people in accordance with fundamental Commonwealth principles on human rights and free press.

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    We Sri Lankans, don’t want to see or like to see biassed & fictional journalists who support terrorists organisations in our country.

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      Yes e are sri lankans.we dont want to welcome any terrorist or there supporters.you can come but we dont welcome you.

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      This is right, even if I am anti MR regime, I dont like this particular Callum after listening to several press conferences in which he failed to produce any constructive arguments but just about his film. Even in efficient ones can make this kind of films today – this is aware to many.
      The fact – that this kind of journalists expanding their millions of income are becoming a great threat to any country. This man is simply not educated enough to take part in any kind of discussion forums. His counter arguments have absolutely no valuable contents, just repeats of what he considers are facts – his kind of facts are based just on hearsays of anyone :(

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        Sama writes: “His counter arguments have absolutely no valuable contents”

        What exactly about his reply caused you great offense?

        “just repeats of what he considers are facts – his kind of facts are based just on hearsays of anyone”

        Do you at least agree that he gets credibility from having his films cleared by the independent UK media regulator OFCOM compared to any counter film endorsed by the Rajapaksa-controlled SL media

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          Of course the ‘independent’ media monitor will ‘clear’ one of their own stooges!!

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          No doubt we need FIRST hand provable evidence in terms of war crimes related issues.
          But this particular Paparazzo as I got it by listening to a discussion, he was also part of was – he just argues not giving facts – but just showing the pictures – whose availability have no provable traces. Stooges have no sufficient evidence to draw conclusions.

          This kind of producers are ONLY greedy at earning their millions but not considering about the harm that they create.

          It started as if the pictures shown by them could be PRIMA FACIE evidence, but those videos were doctored or not has not been proved by any experts yet.

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      He’s no member of the media…he’s just a mouth for hire who will spew out filth and lies for the highest bidder regardless of the authenticity.

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        Nodrog writes: “he’s just a mouth for hire who will spew out filth and lies for the highest bidder regardless of the authenticity”

        So what exactly is your description of the various western PR companies that Percy and the brothers hire at short notice to present a friendly image to foreign countries? Also please can Nodrog list which major group or organisation is bankrolling Callum Macrae? We hope he avoids saying LTTE as anyone would can read english would comprehend Macrae’s remarks: “LTTE is guilty of war crimes. They are guilty of using terror tactics, of forcibly conscripting child soldiers and using suicide bombers. In the latest film No Fire Zone I ran horrifying footage of LTTE suicide attacks in areas full of innocent civilians. I accused them of shooting at Tamil civilians trying to escape the NFZs. Does the government really believe the Tigers paid me to say these things!”

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      I have no good idea about what International point of view about “No Fire Zone” documentary. But it clearly show LTTE police involvements in this documentary to carry injured or dead bodies. So it proves that no fire zone was used by LTTE to heal LTTE cadres and to strategical point to carry out attacks against SL army.

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        “I have no good idea about what International point of view about “No Fire Zone” documentary.”

        Your brutal honesty does you credit and helps identify you as a keen amateur when discussing this topic.

        “So it proves that no fire zone was used by LTTE to heal LTTE cadres and to strategical point to carry out attacks against SL army”

        You mean to say that the terrorist LTTE tried to gain an advantage by hiding in civilian areas? Is this not the general modus operandi of most armed insurgent groups? Whilst wholescale shelling of these type of civilian areas (inc. little kids, disabled and old people) might help overcome any overt resistance, they are generally not carried due to fear of political backlash, international criticism etc.

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      NLankan writes: “don’t want to see or like to see biassed & fictional journalists who support terrorists organisations in our country”

      What part of Macrae’s comment that the LTTE engaged in war crimes and were ‘guilty of using terror tactics’ makes you believe he is a great supporter of their work?

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      Another big headache to Mahinda.There are no question, have to give the Visa & handle diplomatic way.

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      This is not your grandfather’s CHOGM. SL is the host country of CHOGM, albeit for the wrong reasons. Be as it may, be prepared that there would be leaders who may publicly deride SL during CHOGM. Are you going to gun all of them down? When SL agreed to host the event, it means it has also agreed to let media-persons who may not toe SL’s line of bluffs. Too bad isn’t it?

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    Many thanks Callum for what you are doing. I doubt GOSL would let you in.

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      Many thanks for what ?

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      He is a Persona NON Grata…. He may like to visit BUT we dont want him here…. find a better HOT spot….

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        Fair N Square,

        How about many Sri Lankan Journalists who are now living in excile all over the world.

        Where is our most reputed Ms.Fredrica Jansz today. Isn’t it due to the most notorious Pig eating shit who has taken a seat that does not belong to him and now abducting Journalists in white vans.

        Can you also find out why they are been exciled and who made them exciled and the reason for it.

        Where is Prageeth Ekneligoda and many other Journalists who suddenly disappeared from this earth.

        Who killed Lasantha Wickrematunge.

        Can Sri Lanka host CHOGM without calling all these Sri Lankan Journalists who are in excile to come back and do their jobs.

        Who gave these Pigs eating shit this much authority to kick all our journalists away.

        I feel it is not only Mr.Callum Macrae but also every Journalist who wish to come to Sri Lanka along with all our Sri Lankan Journalists who are in exciled abroad should come to Sri Lanka with the CHOGM delegation and openly publish their views to the outside world on true state of Sri Lanka.

        Nobody gave authority to Pigs eating shit to dictate freedom of speech in Sri Lanka.

        Those pigs should go to their respective pig hole villeges where they belong and eat their own shit and leave the rest of the country to govern by honest and respectable citizens.

        Let me have your views on this.

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          I have no problem what so ever in OTHER journalists coming over and experience first hand and report to the world. YES atrocities are happening, left right and center in SL , which need to be reined in. What I meant is he is NOT a Journalist but a movie maker with ulterior interests.. IF SL is so bad, why would he risk his life to cover this event. He is a paid ” Front Organizer” for certain entities…

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            “He is a paid ” Front Organizer” for certain entities…”

            Please don’t be shy and do say LTTE. Macrae has issued a strong denial of the LTTE and its methods but don’t let reason or facts stop you from saying what’s on your mind.

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            There are no barriers or qualifications required to the freedom of expression, similarly to be a Politician in Sri Lanka.

            Anybody could be a Journalist as long as his reports are accepted by the publishers. Also it is more difficult for one to be a movie maker than a journalist. That’s why there are many authors and few movie producers.
            Fair N Square,

            There is no difference between a Paid “Front Organizer” and cross over party jumpers in Sri Lankan parliament. Both are being bought by money and act like dogs to the whims of their masters. In short it’s like Hi-class Respectable slavery….similar to Prostitition.

            So why the double standard. Either both should be allowed to travel or both should be kept inside Bars.

            I have a strong feeling that Mr.Macrae will be in Sri Lanka for CHOGM.

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          While it must be agreed that every journalist in the CW countries
          who wish to cover this GM be allowed, the modus-operandi of war-without-witnesses (a R.Guneratne idea?) and the mentality of Gota
          will reign – simply because SL Regime has something to hide and
          hide it MUST.
          The regime has the support of its Modayas as always.

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    Cullum answers the second question by stating that he is journalist and he reports on stories. That is his right and no one faults him. The issue is with his timing. His documentaries are timed for whenever there is a session of the UNHRC in progress. That kind of reporting reeks of agenda. The next installment is probably due just before the next sessions.

    Sri Lanka is picturesque place. Lots to see and plenty of white vans available for transportation. Perhaps he will use one.

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      @Bedrock Barney

      This is Mr.Macrae’s answer. Hope you can understand English.

      A: I am a journalist. I make current affairs documentaries. I research and uncover truths, which are relevant and newsworthy. So, of course, I prepare such evidence in time for important events. That’s not a conspiracy – that’s journalism!

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        The problem with his uncovered truths is that,they are mainly third party hearsay and never corroborated. We are expected believe them be the truth because callum says so!
        Don’t expect to be welcomed to a country you have been a traitor to. You may be allowed in,though,reluctantly! and don’t be surprised if you find some people hostile,thats being nice to you.

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          Nak writes: “Don’t expect to be welcomed to a country you have been a traitor to”

          It seems Nak is struggling understanding basic english terms. A ‘traitor’ is someone who has an affiliation to a particular group/country but engages in actions which are viewed as contrary to that group’s interests by a majority of their supporters. Therefore please can Nak explain why he is labelling Macrae as a ‘traitor’ to Sri Lanka if he was never a citizen or had any affilition (ethnic, cultural etc) to SL.

          “and don’t be surprised if you find some people hostile,thats being nice to you”

          Indeed open thuggery with the collusion of the security services is one of the best ways to convince visitors that no mass criminality took place during the war

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        Fair enough, perhaps not that answer but you know what I mean. “I prepare such evidence in time for important events’ is also the work the of the prosecution in a court case.

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        This is not journalism it is unmitigated biased sensationalism. We all understand English. Do you understand Journalists Macrae is a biased sensational seeker he is like a toilet seat- full of shit! Should be declared ‘Persona non Grata’

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          “Do you understand Journalists Macrae is a biased sensational seeker he is like a toilet seat- full of shit! “

          Will you be giving us any specifics as to why Macrae’s films should be casually dismissed despite being cleared by the independent UK media regulator OFCOM, or are you happy to continue indulging in Gotabhaya-style latrine comedy?

          “Should be declared ‘Persona non Grata’

          I assume this was label also assigned to Prageeth Eknaligoda and Lasantha before they left this mortal realm (as well as anyone upsetting Duminda Silva)

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        HIS version of the truth. When Malinda questioned him he couldn’t give answers, merely makes more allegations in a louder voice!!

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    Dear Callum please don’t,
    u trying enter Sinhala Buddhist butchers land, they still live in stone age. Their king mahinda was a young killer, he escaped from murder when he was a just young upcoming Sinhala veerayah. if u cross him u will be finished and Sinhala budshits love him even though they eat grass and donkey bollocks. end of the day your choice, good luck enjoy land of budshit butchers ….One day you will get king reception of great thamil ealam…

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      Hey J Muthu

      Are you living in new cyber world , but you know nothing about your tamil brothera and sisters (LTTE) barbarian work done in last 30years to innocent tamil, muslim and Sinhalese people , common man grow up don’ t try to be idiot saying rubbish in public forums, all the people know the trust and fact , not like brain washed idiot like you

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        kris dont blame ltte, blame all sinhala budhist blindly support sinhala high class crooks running srilanka since 1948. How many tamils butchered by sinhala budhist thugs since 1948. Did u ever ask your selves why? noooooooooooo u wont u live in world of yours….

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        kris

        Oh no not again

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      Racists!

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      J.muttu
      the Sinhala/Buddhist hospitality awaits people like u!

      We should welcome Macrae to SL ….

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      “Better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.”

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    Mr. Callium McRae.

    Absolutely.

    The DIG of Police have been given a contract to welcome you and take care of you.

    Just buy much term life insurance as possible from all the life insurance companies in the world, have your last will all written up, and your soul parked elsewhere, to be reunited in case your body came back in one piece.

    Other than that, should be fine. After all nobody lives for ever.

    May you rest in one-piece in peace.

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      Mr. Callium McRae.

      Absolutely.

      President Rajapakse may run out of “Parippu” Dhal during the CHOGM event due to a large number of participants.

      Therefore if you are planning to come, make sure you contact Indian Government for an emergency Air Dhal drop to President’s house similar to what they did in 1987.

      This shortage happened in 1987 and India came to rescue and may happen again during CHOGM.

      Also make sure you bring your own Dengue and mosquito repelent, your own torch light, a mini fan, a chastity belt (prevention from police), and a gas mask.

      Also make sure we have a Proud Presedent who is “Karana dey Kiyana and Kiyana dey Karana”….One who tells what he does and does what he tells…..so it’s easy for you to understand what happened to Tsunami Money……and Prabhakaran’sover half ton Gold, Silver, Jewelry and Foreign and Local currency.

      Good Luck tour Mr.Callium McRae.

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    Where on earth are the Padraig Colmans and David Blackers in this discussion?
    Couldn’t stand the heat, so they got out of the kitchen (and went into hiding under you-know-who’s satakaya)?

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    Will Callum be as vocal and concerned for the tamils if they stop funding him? His kind of journalism is the worst kind that knows no ethics.

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    This foolish misguided man campaigns for a separate homeland for Tamils in Sri Lanka similar to apartheid Bantustans decades ago in South Africa. He is not a a documentary maker, as he claims, but a propagandist for ethnic and racial separation, as was made clear in the last interview with him published by CT. That’s why he ignores the crimes of the Tamil Tigers during the 30 years existence of their gangster Eelam state in the north of the island.

    If he comes to Sri Lanka he should not be made a centre of attention for he has very few sympathisers. If anyone other than the Canadian government in the UN believed his “evidence” then it would have been acted upon. Instead, attention should be given to the hundreds of mainstream journalists with open minds who will be attending. Let them have the chance to experience the steady healing of wounds and progress towards reconciliation at grass-roots level that is taking place all over the island.

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      Candidly writes: “That’s why he ignores the crimes of the Tamil Tigers during the 30 years existence of their gangster Eelam state in the north of the island”

      So when Macrae bluntly states in the above piece: “The LTTE is guilty of war crimes. They are guilty of using terror tactics, of forcibly conscripting child soldiers and using suicide bombers. In the latest film No Fire Zone I ran horrifying footage of LTTE suicide attacks in areas full of innocent civilians. I accused them of shooting at Tamil civilians trying to escape the NFZs” —- what part of your brain has convinced you to believe that he is ‘ignoring’ LTTE crimes?

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        Callum Macrae is only making criticisms of the LTTE now, after he has been severely criticised for his one-sided presentations in his two earlier films. I do not know what is in his latest film as it is not freely and publicly available, unlike his earlier films. But the crimes of the LTTE during the 30 years before the final few months

        Although Macrae in the above statement appears to be belatedly acknowledging the crimes of the LTTE during the final few months of the war, his earlier films barely mentioned them, nor did they give any serious consideration to the crimes of the LTTE during the previous 30 years. Macrae and the UK’s Channel 4 have no excuse for glossing over the LTTE’s murderous history other than the fact that they did it consciously and wilfully.

        That is the charge I make against Callum Macrae and the UK’s Channel 4, that they consciously chose to present the last stages of the war against the LTTE out of its context and wilfully downplayed the atrocities of the LTTE. I hope Macrae has the courage to go to Sri Lanka and face the possibility of public criticism from the Sri Lankan people and the LTTE’s victims for his one-sided reporting of the war.

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          The last sentence of the first paragraph above should read “But the crimes of the LTTE during the 30 years before the final few months are ignored.”

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          Having seen the official trailer for Macrae’s last version of his film (which is available on the internet) it is clear there is not a single mention, or even reference, in that trailer to the allegations of crimes committed by the Tamil Tigers during their 30 years of terrorist activity in Sri Lanka. Instead the Tigers are simply sanitized as “rebels”. So much for “truth” from Callum Macrae!

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    Sir, your answers, like your documentary, are duplicitous. You are aiming for an easy story and shock value painting a picture of victimized Tamils and evil Sinhalese. Real life and real war are never that clear. You are exploiting the real victims for your fame and glory.

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    C4 Terrorist is welcome, only to go back in a coffin

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      “C4 Terrorist is welcome, only to go back in a coffin”

      John my friend, it seems your brain has stopped working again because Macrae openly states in the above piece that “The LTTE is guilty of war crimes”. Generally LTTE supporters like to leave that bit out during their praise of Prabhakaran’s methods

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      John

      Were you at the cricket match?

      How many tiger cubs did you hunt?

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    I will be very surprised if the SL Immigration authorities allow him into the country. Having said that I wish him the best of luck in getting out again :)

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    Wonder what apologists like Mr.Blocker will have to say about this? Best of luck Mr. Callum Macrae in your future endeavours in exposing heinous crimes such as this.

    ps. The question and answer I liked the most that made me lol was,

    Q: The Sri Lankan Ambassador to the EU has refuted the specific allegation on the killing of a 12-year-old boy, identified as the youngest son of the LTTE Leader. The Ambassador has raised the issue as to why the ‘expert forensic opinion’ insisted the child was killed inside the bunker not by the Army but possibly by his own bodyguards, to prevent him from being captured by the Security Forces. Why was this possibility never addressed?

    A: Again you will see why I am so reluctant to get involved in these debates. Think about how they were found. Does Amza seriously think the bodyguards killed the child by shooting him five times, and then shot themselves in the back of the head while blindfolded – and with their hands tied behind their backs?

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      I wonder what Ms Pukapassa has to say about it. Why not say what you think inside of scratching your passa and wondering so much? :D

      Macrae is pretty good at making intelligent questions seem stupid by rephrasing them. Ms Pukapassa tries that too, but usually fails because he/she lacks the intellect for originality.

      No one knows for sure whether the bodyguards found were those of the boy, whether their hands were tied, or even whether they were in the same location. All pix of the boy show his body alone. It is very easy to trivialize a question to avoid answering it.

      When Mcrae was interviewed by Groundviews he pretended to misunderstand questions or simply lied.

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        @Mr. Blocker

        http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/handed-a-snack-and-then-executed-the-last-hours-of-the-12yearold-son-of-a-tamil-tiger-8500295.html

        “The images were taken in May 2009 at the very end of the Sri Lankan government’s operation to crush the LTTE, which had launched a bloody, decades-long insurgency against the state that led to the deaths of perhaps 70,000 people. The authorities always said Prabhakaran’s son was killed in cross-fire, as troops moved in to take the LTTE’s last stronghold, located on a scrap of coastline near Mullaitivu in the north-east of the country.”

        “A forensic pathologist who examined the later images for the film-makers, said the boy was shot five times in the chest. Furthermore, propellant burns around the wound suggest he was shot at very close range.

        “The new photographs are enormously important evidentially because they appear to rule out any suggestion that Balachandran was killed in cross-fire or during a battle. They show he was held, and even given a snack, before being taken and executed in cold blood,” claimed the film’s director, Callum Macrae.”

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          This is old stuff, and has been discussed before. I’ll give you the salient points:

          1. There is no evidence from the pictures that the boy was ever alive in SL military custody. So there is no opportunity.

          2. No other family member of a high-ranking Tiger has been murdered by the SL military. To the contrary, the families have been cared for better than the average IDP. So no motive.

          3. Even if we were to accept the absurd claim that a forensic pathologist can make a ruling on cause of death simply by looking at external pictures of a body, the fact that the boy was shot at close range doesn’t prove intent, never mind murder. People are shot accidentally even at close range. So no intent.

          4. The picture of the dead boy shows no sign of blood on his body, or on the ground he is lying on, indicating that he has been moved from the spot he was killed at and the body prepared for pictures.

          So the lack of opportunity, motive, and intent (the very basics on which to mount a prosecution) and the fact that the body has been both moved and tampered with, suggest that the truth is probably quite distant from Ch4’s version.

          All this has been long discussed over the past months. I guess you missed that class.

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    i think SL should let him come to SL, and our journalists should target him. I remember once Groundviews did an interview. A more structured interview should be done, so we can know better :)

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    The Question is how much did you get from Diaspora hierarchy and it’s IC,especially UK, Canada and Norway?.

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      “The Question is how much did you get from Diaspora hierarchy and it’s IC,especially UK, Canada and Norway?”

      I think the western PR companies that your master Percy likes to hire come away with more cash but obviously less success as judging by the UN human rights debacle

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    Is Callum Macrae a journalist? I think he is not. He is only a maker of documentary films and his films on SL have been used by Channel 4. My gut feeling is he is trying to enter SL wearing a media badge to collect material for the writing the script for his next documentary. He is wearing two hats; journalist and writer of film scripts. Which hat he would be wearing if he is permitted to come to SL in November 2013, remains to be seen.

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      His his ch4 videos can not be called documentories. A documentory to be authentic it should be able to show the other side of the story as well and allow the viewer to make his opinion. He only present some third hand unverified video cilps from unknown sources with a blood curdling commentory.

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        NAK writes: “A documentory to be authentic it should be able to show the other side of the story as well and allow the viewer to make his opinion”

        Again NAK is weirdly showing us that he cannot read english properly. People who can will obviously make note of Macrae’s statement: “we sent detailed letters to the Sri Lankan Government describing every significant allegation, inviting them to take part in an interview and give their side of the story. They refused, saying: “The Government of Sri Lanka does not wish to be associated with the Channel at any time, unless and until a suitable retraction is made to the satisfaction of the government.”

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      This trouble maker is not welcome in SL. Keep your dirty hands off SL.Go to Iraq, Afganistan . and report the facts . You will find lots of photo’s to fire your imagination .

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        I know that you guys are worried being apologetic to the govt, but for me, this particular paparazzo and the like minded businessmen are a curse since they are proved to be like parasites. They try to fish in trouble waters.

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    Don’t worry about our country… president MR can solve our country problems also…we all people in sri lanka not need terrorism again..and no need any one who contacts with LTTE…so good thing is you just look after your self..it’s better for you…

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    Mr. Callum Macrae:

    You are quite right that there is not a damn thing that government can do to prevent you from coming to Sri Lanka and doing whatever monkey business you have in mind this time. The government is duty bound to provide you protection while you are here in spite of you acting against the interests of this country.

    However, remember that last time when MR was in UK, LTTE supporters made sure that he could not set foot outside of his hotel. Similar things could happen here too you know! So better not get your hopes up that you will be able to film your next movie in the “killing field” itself.

    I’m sure you will find a convenient excuse to stay away from SL after creating lot of noise about your intention to visit SL. You might also try to somehow spin things so that GOSL will get the blame.

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    Whatever the true evidences you present there are sinhalese who will deny outrightly even though they know well in heart that their army had done all crimes. And majority of them perceive it as victory. These people will use your evidences on Iraq war as true but when it comes to their own army, it is doctored. In fact they are the doctored minds of MR and his clan.

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      what are the evidences he put? :D

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        sach

        “what are the evidences he put?”

        Only those who with intelligence have seen the evidence.

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          Only the brain washed person like you have the separate intelligence to see evidence

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          like the naked emporer’s clothes…..i see veddhas like those

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          How convenient. Isn’t that like the emperor’s new clothes? Everyone claimed to see it :D So if anyone points out that the king is naked, he will be called stupid?

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            “So if anyone points out that the king is naked, he will be called stupid?”

            The king will slice your balls if you have one may be two, dry it with salt and sell it to the Sinhala/Buddhists as imported non halal beef from Brazil.

            The stupid Sinhala/Buddhists are ever ready and willing to buy any branded goods packaged in nasty anti minority racism, without any “investigating” into the product and packaging.

            And the ball Less baldy is happy to support and defend the naked emperor.

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              So other than calling me names and writing bad couplets, you have no answer? :D

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              David Blacker

              These are slogans from Baghvat Gita.

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              But I am not saying that anyone criticizing the emperor is stupid, you are! :D Once more, Jungle Boy you have ably proved that it isn’t just the Sinhalese and Tamils who are stupid as you claim, but you yourself, the jungle king of idiocy.

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            Bhaktivedanta Swami
            David Blacker Ananda
            spoke the following words to Baldy:

            What did you lose that you cry about?
            What did you bring with you,
            Which you think you have lost?
            What did you produce,
            Which you think got destroyed?

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              Full text of The Divine Song of God for others:

              propounded by

              Bhaktivedanta Swami David Blacker Ananda

              The Bhagavad Gita (Song of Lord Krishna) is the essence of the Vedas and Upanishads.

              Why do you worry without cause?
              Whom do you fear without reason?
              Who can kill you?
              The soul is neither born, nor does it die.
              Whatever happened, happened for the good;
              Whatever is happening, is happening for the good;
              Whatever will happen, will also happen for the good only.

              You need not have any regrets for the past.
              You need not worry for the future.
              The present is happening …

              What did you lose that you cry about?
              What did you bring with you,
              Which you think you have lost?
              What did you produce,
              Which you think got destroyed?

              You did not bring anything,
              whatever you have, you received from here.
              Whatever you have given, you have given only here.
              Whatever you took, you took from God.
              Whatever you gave, you gave to Him.
              You came empty handed, you will leave empty handed.

              What is yours today,
              Belonged to someone else yesterday, and
              Will belong to someone else the day after tomorrow.
              You are mistakenly enjoying the thought that this is yours.
              It is this false happiness that is the cause of your sorrows.

              Change is the law of the universe.
              What you think of as death, is indeed life.
              In one instance you can be a millionaire, and
              in the other instance you can be steeped in poverty.

              Yours and mine, big and small
              erase these ideas from your mind.
              Then everything is yours and you belong to everyone.
              This body is not yours, neither are you of the body.
              The body is made of fire, water, air, earth, and
              ether, and will disappear into these elements.

              But the soul is permanent—so who are you?
              Dedicate your being to God.
              He is the one to be ultimately relied upon.
              Those who know of his support are forever
              free from fear, worry and sorrow.

              Copy nd paste from:
              http://surabhikaura.hubpages.com/

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              Whenever the Jungle Boy gets his ballsack caught in a crack he quickly spots out some long nonsensical comment to muddy the water and cover his arse which his amude can’t :D

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      A documentary on the plight of the poor in Tamil Nadu ,highlighting the Tamil refugee camps in particular, and the abject poverty of the great majority of Naduans , who live without even the basic hygiene ,like toilets and running water, will be the best service Mcrae can do to the Tamil Nation.rather than promoting the Diasporian agenda of revenge, and resorts in the North to escape from Western Winter.

      He may get a gournesey from HRW too.

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        K.A Sumanasekera

        You must hire him to make documentary on the plight of Naduans in Tamilnadu.

        Would you do that for your brethren in Tamilnadu?

        I am all for your humanitarian effort, exposing your Tamilnadu Tamil brethren’s hypocrisy. I will be right behind you. Be a man.

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    “..A: Certainly I intend to be present at the CHOGM as a fully accredited member of the media, as I was at the last CHOGM in Australia.

    I trust the Sri Lankan Government will welcome me there and will accord me and all the members of the international press free full access to all the groups and people in accordance with fundamental Commonwealth principles on human rights and free press..”

    Well, well!! MR regime is in for a calamitous confrontation! Although the regime hopes to use CW as a eyewash and a crimes hiding carpet, the IC is going to teach them an unforgettable and bitter lesson! At the end of the day the regime would have to grin and curse at themselves for the blunder they made by staging the CM drama here! All the questions of HR violations, assault on CW norms, values and principles etc. will be brought to the fore by various crusaders of human rights and the regime as usual and as used to recourse here would try to suppress, control, intimidate and attack the independent media personnel like Callum when they traverse the affected areas and interview such people and all the CW countries would witness how the regime violate human rights with excesses and impunity! Mongol Rajapakshas are courting disdain and disaster.

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    Channel 4 bring all these allegations whenever Sri Lanka faces UN Human Rights Commission. Whats funny with these channel 4 guys are the absolute silence on the human rights violations committed by US and its allies in Afghanistan, human rights viloations in Isreal and the bloody war in civilians in Syria. How many innocent victims have fallen in Afghanistan and Pakistan due to the drone attacks. Why arent these Channel guys gives deaf and blind attitude to those violations by such countries. Are these guys are being pampered by US to be silent?

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      F Jurangpathy

      “Whats funny with these channel 4 guys are the absolute silence on the human rights violations committed by US and its allies in Afghanistan, human rights viloations in Isreal and the bloody war in civilians in Syria.”

      Are you sure that C4 is selective in its investigation into human rights violation?

      Its about time you started an investigation into all such war crimes allegations. I am with you and right behind you.

      The most appropriate country is Sri Lanka? When shall we start?

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      F Jurangpathy,

      Everything happening around the world are been exposed and published both in Print media and in Internet.

      From Iraq, to Afganistan to Vietnam to JFK to 9/11 to wikileaks to Snowden…..everything is open and published in both print media and Internet and debated openly.

      Please select what ever topic you want to know and serch in Internet.

      C4 is just another publisher and white flag another issue and it is upto GOSL to repute if there are any misrepresentations.

      That’s why we have courts and Guilty before proven is a misnomer.

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    And why did the Ceylon Today journalist, Sulochana Ramiah Mohanask,
    ask this man such feeble questions? He could have asked, for example:

    1 – Mr Macrae, why is it you only started making films about the civil war in Sri Lanka when the Tamil Tigers were defeated and not when they were carrying out their own murderous campaign over many years?

    2 – You never made much fuss when Tamil democrats and pacifists and Sinhalese and Moslems were being murdered by the Tamil Tigers, so people say you’re biased, Mr Macrae. What have you got to say to the families of the people murdered by the Tigers over many years who you have totally ignored?

    3 – Why do your two publicly viewable documentaries dealing with the end of the war in Sri Lanka not place that war into the historical perspective of the Tigers’ funding from the West and India and why do they not mention the role of earlier Indian governments in providing training, money and resources to the Tamil Tigers?

    4 – Why did both of your films skate over the whole question of how tens of thousands of northern ethnic Tamils were herded into a vast human shield by the Tamil Tigers despite all the evidence that this is what happened?

    5 – What’s your judgement of “rebels” who hide behind the people they claim to be defending?

    6 – The Tamil Tigers are a banned terrorist outfit in the UK and there are known senior Tamil Tiger officials and fund raisers living in the UK, such as Adele Balasingham. You could easily make a documentary about those people, including their links with members of the Labour and Social Democratic parties over many years. Why don’t you, Mr Macrae?

    7 – Do you think the British, American and Russian armies and their allies were morally wrong to invade the German “homeland” in 1944 and to use atomic bombs to force the Japanese to surrender?

    8 – Do you agree that according to your standards the European and German armies committed countless war crimes against the German and Japanese people and when are you going to make a documentary on that theme?

    8 – Isn’t it true that you advocate two separate states for Sri Lanka? How do you justify that?

    Lastly, I suspect that Callum Macrae is trying to get himself banned from attending the CHoG conference. He should not be helped, and the people of Sri Lanka should be given at least some opportunity to ask him some direct and relevant questions. The relatives of some of the Tamil Tigers victims should also be given the opportunity to confront him. But he should not be allowed to become the focus of the conference as his views are shared only by a tiny minority.

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      ” – Mr Macrae, why is it you only started making films about the civil war in Sri Lanka when the Tamil Tigers were defeated and not when they were carrying out their own murderous campaign over many years?”
      Even better
      Mr Macrae – why did not you start from 1948?

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        spot on anpu, these sinhala budshits never see their back ass, they think they smart. noooooooooooooooooooooo

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          LOL… u misread Anpu’s comment… he SAID “when the Tamil Tigers were defeated and not when they were carrying out their own murderous campaign over many years?”

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            J.Muthu read my message correctly.

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            LOL,…..The murders started from 1948 after the Sinhala Buddhist Thugs took over Governing of our country since Independence……and still continuing.

            90% of our Honest Sri Lankan Journalists are either Killed or in excile in foreign countries while Alibaba thugs are screwing our country….daily.

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        Anpu

        He might have refused to cover the story as an embedded reporter.

        Your Sinhala/Buddhist brethren wouldn’t have granted access to war zone given the nature of his past documentaries.

        “Mr Macrae – why did not you start from 1948?”

        He was not making a Tamil/Sinhala film.

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      Candidly,

      “..8 – Isn’t it true that you advocate two separate states for Sri Lanka? How do you justify that? ..”

      Is this how you are going to defend your unitary Sinhalese Buddhist only state? I am afraid fools like you must not talk politics for the country for it denies the people of their right to live in this country peacefully.

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    I hope Chris Nonis denies him the visa he so desires. Partisan ‘journalists’ of his ilk are only required in the great western ‘democracies’

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    Callum Macrae is an accredited journalist. If SL Govt refuses to provide him a visa, there will be consequences and the Commonwealth Conference
    may be held elsewhere.

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      well the PROCESS of issuing a visa can take considerable period of time. He may have to wait until all background checks are done. You know the SL way of doing things…. TAKES TIME… by then all the CW drama may be long done with…SO , chances are he may be issued a visa way later…. or may be considered a threat to SL…and thus denied… He is just a movie maker( No one SO important) and NO govt will boycott a meeting IF they have already shown interests in participating…..

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        Fair N Square,

        As long as he is not a Terrorist,a mass murderer, a Mass Robber, a Mass Liar and a Cheater, a mass Rapist and an abducter, he has all the rights to visit Sri Lanka.

        Remember Sri Lanka still is a Democratic Socialist Republic and not a coward Dictators Paradise Banana Republic……..Not Yet.

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      Lol!!!

      Please inform the Ltte diaspora to do just that! Tell them to do everything in their power to deny Macrea visa to Sri Lanka…. It will save us a lot of money..

      How about they shift it to Tamilnadu???? The Members from Sri Lanka need not attend it and the rest of the commonwealth can squat on the streets!

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      In your dreams perhaps.

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      Absolutly right Leon. Hope this F… dont do like what Gaynasara did and it has gone all over middle east and now Middle east season, only few hundreds booking arrived while last year by june 40,000 bookings came to SL. Sinhala nations are stupids, as they are like “Survival of the fittest” as they dont belive God… Black Majic, Ritual, Spirit Talking etc etc, so they think all are in the Air happning automatically. So they kill one another and try to live like Animals.. so the Monk says ” All are Animals” “Siyalu Sathvayo”

      Again I like to remind, this is Helena Blawasky, Henry Olcott, and Darmapala The Satanic belivers started this.. then it has lot of connection to Hitler as Hitler himself a Budhist and Arians as he claims. so he killed 65 million starting WW2… then there is comes to Sri Lanka..

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      Who cares about the Commonwealth when countries like the United Kingdom Canada and Australia allow torture and do nothing about it.

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        durtypete

        “Who cares about the Commonwealth when countries like the United Kingdom Canada and Australia allow torture and do nothing about it.”

        In order to win the race let us double our effort and produce more torture victims, using creative methods. We have experience and resources to beat the white masters.

        In case if you run out of creative ideas please contact former LTTE intelligence operatives who now work for Gota. Or ask help from Karuna, Pillayan, etc.

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      Bwahaha. Maybe they’ll move it to Callum’s bedroom.

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    based on the refuaal of a visa to him *

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    I trust the Sri Lankan Government will welcome me there

    Absolutely white van is waiting at the airport

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    ATHE THITHA (TRUTH IS BITTER)

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    You all timid laundry operators of the regime, you are all afraid of this one man Callum, that is why you are writing all these bloody nonsense against him and his logical points. You bloody fools are not able to read between lines as well. You are like a bunch of lunatics escaped from a mental hospital-just throwing verbiage and harangues without any plan, aim or rhyme or reason. No one of you fools so far has been able to challenge his valid reasoned arguments and points and these are the very questions and assertions made by the international experts and professionals on the subject. The governments of the world are asking these questions, the UN is asking these questions and you have no answers but incongruous diatribes.

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      Dear Silva,

      I Like your response to several irrational and emotional comments made.

      The UN, though it kept an eye closed when atrocities against civilians were taking place during the final stages of the war, has 2 reports saying between 40,000 and 70,000 civilians were killed by indiscriminate shelling and bombing.

      OHCHR head, Navaneethan Pillai has asked repeatedly for impartial international investigations into war crimes to be conducted.

      The documentary by Callum Macrae is authenticated by reputed experts.

      Therefore, the best Sri Lanka can do is to face it and defend itself. Isn’t it fair and just to the victims?

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    what ever said and done its true that 40,000 Ppl died during last streath of the war. MR / Gota n some other ministers responcible. Sri Lanka is scared of stop him coming as still SL is begging country while trying to become richer overnihg

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    WANGA….. There will be a pandal erected and a Dansala that will serve you well.

    Callum Macrae…….. What kind of slippering you require? From that of Grand Mothers, Mothers, Daughters or Wives ???????????
    Kindly notify in advance.
    Also WHETHER from YALPANAM OR SOUTHERN ONES.

    Did you not VIDEO the drama after the Australia match and the pitch invasion during the India match.
    Oh ! man those were colourful WITH kotiya flags in nice red with yellow patches.

    Sooooooo your evidence was not doctored BUT nursed for you by others ??

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      So you say that there is no difference between President Rajapakse going to London and Callum Macrae coming to colombo.

      Both are qualified to receive many gifts from the audience, crowd and the spectators.

      But the difference is when the cowards themselves get protection from over 100 hired body guards and security personnel, the same cowards white van abduct, torture and murder the unprotected journalists who report the truth.

      Isn’t this called cheap, cowardice, low grade and a disgraceful act.

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    Callum Macrea – do not come to srilanka. you will be abducted in a white van, and sent to meet Lasantha Wikremasinghe.

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      Remember there’s a 2 million Tourist Target to achieve for 2013 as per Economic Development Ministers forecast.

      May be we may have to get down some Buffalos, in case if we fail to achieve the target with your scary comments.

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      bganendra

      “Callum Macrea – do not come to srilanka. you will be abducted in a white van, and sent to meet Lasantha Wikremasinghe.”

      Do the foreigners get abducted in white vans?

      Horrible I never heard of such inhumane things taking place in this island:

      Who does the abductions?

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        Bhaktivedanta Swami
        David Blacker Ananda
        spoke the following words to Baldy:

        What did you lose that you cry about?
        What did you bring with you,
        Which you think you have lost?
        What did you produce,
        Which you think got destroyed?

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          I am starting to cry…..

          Oh my Wealth….Oh my Kingship……Oh my Body….Oh my Family….Oh my Bank Account….What shall I do…….What shall I do………Did I miss the boat……O Tempora! ….O Moras!

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            Mahela

            Please note this was expounded by Bhaktivedanta Swami
            David Blacker Ananda who started his mission only recently to humanise Hindu war mongering.

            These are Guruji Bhaktivedanta Swami David Blacker Ananda’s spoken words to Baldy who lost his balls for pointing out that the emperor was naked. See above for details.

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              Native Vedda,

              I thought you were referring to Velu Pillai Prabhakaran who lost everything including himself,his wife, his children and all his belongings including Gold, Jewlry and lorry loads of Foreign and local currency……..

              VP lost Everything except Gold and money that changed hands and now in a secure place.

              Maybe Batton will change again.

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            Mahela

            “Maybe Batton will change again.”

            When, how and who is there to grab it from present holders?

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