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Channel 4: Brutal and shocking, but not journalism – Sunday Times UK

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The Channel 4 programme “Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields” mixes a large collection of samizdat amateur footage from mobile phones and video cameras – mostly un-attributed and uncorroborated, with comment from unnamed sources with distorted voices and shadowed faces. And human rights lawyers. It was brutal, it was shocking, but it wasn’t journalism”, states the UK’s Sunday Times journalist and TV Critic, AA Giles, in a critical comment on the programme.

“Not a second of this has been shot by Channel 4; none of the eyewitness accounts comes from journalists,” he observes. The comment adds that: “What was depressing about this particularly bloody special was not just that it had precious little context or considered thought, but that the people who will suffer most from it are not governments or soldiers, but the victims of this brutal war, who deserve a more measured professionalism and due diligence.”

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June 26, 2011 at 6:51 pm

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