Tamileelam TV to begin broadcasts to SouthEast Asia
[TamilNet, Saturday, 30 July 2005, 04:12 GMT]
"The importance given to nurturing the electronic and printed media by the Tamil Eelam leader Pirapaharan is why we are now able to extend our Television services to countries in Asia," said K Veera of National Television of Tamileelam (NTT), speaking at an event held Friday 10 am at the Media Co-ordinating office in Kilinochchi to mark the inauguration of television broadcasts to southeast asian countries on 1st August, sources in Kilinochchi said.
Naresh Master (extreme left) and Thaya Master (extreme right)
"We faced several hurdles inform our public the factual details of events that affected them during the period of war. The ability of the State to spread false propaganda through state-controlled media taught us that building a strong media network to disseminate the Tamil point of view locally and internationally was crucial to our progress.
"Our media capability grew with our growth in military strength and now we have the capability to broadcast live news through satellite technology to most parts of the world where Tamils live. We urge all journlists to co-operate with us to make our new broadcast program to SouthEast asian countries a success," added Mr Veera.
The new service using Eurostar at 11.5GHz will reach India, parts of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Mayanmar and China for two hours between 13.30 - 15.30 GMT, the media unit officials said.
Head of LTTE media unit, Naresh, handed over new antennas to the Chief news editor of their sister media organization Voice of Tigers (VoT), Mr T Thavapalan, during the event.
LTTE's media co-ordinator Thaya Master and Director of NTT S Karunakaran also participated in the event.
LTTE's Nitharsanam Television service broadcast programs in Jaffna district during 1980s. The studios were destroyed by the Indian army on 14 February 1987.
The service restarted broadcast to European countries on 26 March 2005.