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Channel 4 documentary Sri Lanka's Killing Fields cleared by Ofcom

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By Ishbel Macleod, PR and social media consultant

October 24, 2011 | 1 min read

Channel 4 documentary Sri Lanka's Killing Fields has been cleared by the broadcasting watchdog, following 118 complaints being made.

Ofcom examined the documentary to see if it was impartial, offensive, or contained misleading material.

Channel 4 said the footage was captured on mobile phones, both by Tamils under attack and government soldiers as war trophies, admitting the programme "contained some of the most horrific footage ...(it) has ever broadcast".

Ofcom said the broadcaster took steps to ensure the view of the Sri Lankan government - that the footage was faked - was made clear to viewers.

It said it also took "reasonable steps to establish that the material was not faked or manipulated".

Ofcom concluded that Channel 4 "preserved due impartiality in its examination of the Sri Lankan government's actions and policies during its offensive".

It added that despite the programme having graphic images, such as mutilated corpses and the executions of bound prisoners; it was shown well after watershed and had warnings.

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