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The first thing you do in a war is control and take out your enemy's communication system. Our news has been taken over by entertainment, propaganda and massive corporations. We need to to take back the media.
In the months after we found out about the kidnapping, I witnessed the most amazing press blackout on a major event that I have ever seen. I wonder how strongly this non-reporting will be criticized in the weeks to come.
Even as the Sri Lankan conflict seems to be drawing to a close, the government, which has a long history of abducting Tamil civilians and suppressing information, has increased its security forces in the capitol.