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Sun TV crew held in Vavuniya

[Express Buzz, Tuesday, 17 February 2009 12:36 No Comment]

Four Sri Lankan nationals allegedly employed by the Chennai-based SUN TV, were taken into custody together with their equipment in Vavuniya in North Sri Lanka, for suspected links with the LTTE ,the police said on Tuesday.


Police spokesman Ranjith Gunasekera told Daily Mirror that the arrests had been made by the army on Monday, and the detainees were handed over to the Vavuniya police for further investigations.


SUN TV, the police said, had been operating in Sri Lanka without a valid license. It is also probable that the SUN TV crew were trying to video the high security refugee camps in Vavuniya. The LTTE and those sympathetic to it, have been alleging that the refugee camps are but "concentration camps" with the inmates not being allowed to come out or interact with any outsiders except those allowed by the Security Forces and the government. The government has been vigorously denying that the camps are concentration camps, with certificates from the international aid agencies to vouch for this, But it has not allowed independent media institutions and journalists to meet the refugees, despite persistent requests, especially from the foreign media. 

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