Friday, March 13, 2009

Fighting Tamil Tigers

FIGHTING TIGERS – Tamil Tigers that is.

Amos Roberts is the reporter for Dateline.

Sri Lanka has actually been described as the second most dangerous place in the world for journalists to work - after Iraq.

In Australia, we more or less take for granted the freedoms that journalists have to report on things that matter. In Sri Lanka, on the other hand, journalism can be a life and death battle to get the truth out.

The 25 year old war against the Tigers has seen thousands killed and now an estimated 150,000 civilians are trapped in the middle of this brutal conflict. No independent journalists are allowed near the war zone and those who dare criticise the government or the military are either detained or murdered by shadowy forces.

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