A civil war has raged for over two decades on the island of Sri Lanka between the government and forces of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and generally the world press has expressed horror at suicide bombing by the LTTE and other acts of terror. During the past several months a new offense by the Sri Lanka government has almost crushed the LTTE and driven hundreds of thousands of people into a jungle area where they are unable to obtain the basic necessities of life. The Sri Lanka government expressed its fury at foreign media for daring to suggest its army might be killing innocent civilians and has threatened to expel any foreign journalists who will not adopt the government line as to what is going on in the war. “It was irresponsible (of the foreign media) not to talk about civilians held in the war zone by the LTTE while making comments that only helped the Tigers” exclaimed the government.
Last month the Sri Lanka foreign ministry sharply criticised the German ambassador for expressing dismay at the murder of a prominent Sri Lanka journalist who was concerned about human rights. The world is glad the war may be over and that suicide bombings might cease. But, now it is up to the government of Sri Lanka to show humanity to those who were defeated.