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Sinhala version of award-winning documentary No Fire Zone launched in the Palace of Westminster
Published Date: 10/03/2015 (Tuesday)

A new Sinhala version of award-winning documentary No Fire Zone was launched at a press conference on Tuesday 10 March at 10am in Room 21, Palace of Westminster.

It was reported that that this multi-award-winning, Emmy-nominated feature documentary No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka produced in Sinhala language version will be seen as a direct challenge to the new government over its commitment to a free media. 

This controversial film exposing the war crimes and massacres committed at the end of the civil war in 2009 has been effectively banned in Sri Lanka until now – and anyone helping the film-makers threatened with prosecution.

The filming also coincide with the visit of new Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena to the UK and took take place the day before he is due to have dinner with the Queen. It was said that the film in Sri Lanka would allow the majority Sinhala population to see for the first time the shocking evidence of war crimes and massacres committed at the end of the war by their own government’s forces.

The launch was attended by No Fire Zone Director Callum Macrae, Labour MP Siobhain McDonagh, and Conservative MP Lee Scott.  The event was also addressed by the exiled Sinhalese writer Bashana Abeywardane.

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