BY A CORRESPONDENT
April 14, 2005: Hear that "Grrr..." from
behind the bushes? It is a tiger watching propaganda TV.
The channel in question bears a flower logo. And it's on
air only for 15 minutes a day.
No kidding, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil
Eelam, the rebel warriors of Northern Sri Lanka fighting
for a separate nation state in the island nation, have
tip-toed into satellite territory. Starting March 26,
2005, LTTE has started beaming its very own homegrown TV
fare to European countries. Sorry, Asia is not on the
paw-print of the tiger satellite for now.
The LTTE TV channel, named NTT (National Television of
Tamil Eelam) beams a daily dose of capsule news. The
tiger cub stalks the airwaves for just 15 minutes a day.
The signals are picked up by the Tamil News Network (TNN)
in Paris, France, which distributes the signals to the
rest of Europe. NTT's pugmarks will appear in Asia after
Tigers and technology have gone paw-in-paw for long. The
Voice of Tigers, which started as a rudimentary radio
channel in 1990, is now well-established, even airing
commercials. However, LTTE's first foray into television
came a cropper, after its bloody battle with the Indian
Peace Keeping Force and Sri Lankan government forces in
the eighties. So, this will be the second time the
tigers are trotting to the TV studio.
The LTTE TV's channel logo is the "Kaithigapoo"
(shown left), the "national flower" of the tigers' dream
land of Tamil Eelam.
But do not let the pretty flower mislead you into
thinking that the tigers have turned herbivores. LTTE is
outlawed as a terrorist organisation by several nations.
It has been charged with several suicide bombings,
assassinations and kidnappings.
LTTE's TV channel NTT is probably the first television
channel to be run by an insurgent group from within
areas controlled by it. The tigers have been media-savvy
for long, and have brought out magazines, websites and
journals from several countries sympathetic to their
According to a pro-LTTE website, the tigers plan to
increase telecast time to half an hour and expand
further in some time.
A rookie Dancewithshadows.com
correspondent who questioned a leading tiger about the
channel's funding, location and programme guide met with
a sharp glare, bared fangs and a growl. He is currently
Keep tracking Dance With Shadows
for the tiger's TV trail.
BY A CORRESPONDENT