The image below is the doctored version sent to HRW, Amnesty and other gullible individuals who can pressure Sri Lanka into a ceasefire to save the Tigers.
An IMF loan to Sri Lanka is being delayed by the US over such allegations of casualties. The Tigers have effectively convinced everyone that there is a bloodbath going on.
Remember these words?
Reuters: Q+A: Sri Lanka's propaganda war
SO DON'T THE VIDEOS AND PICTURES TELL THE WHOLE TRUTH?
Rarely, simply because only interested parties to the conflict are vouching for their authenticity. Recent images the Tigers say are from the war zone are a good example. The bloody pictures usually come from a single e-mail, said to be that of a government doctor. There is no way to prove that or even when or where the pictures were taken. The government says the doctor is doing the LTTE's bidding. The photos almost simultaneously pop up on TamilNet and other websites sympathetic to the LTTE, and are emailed to news organizations. The government also publishes photos and videos of captured weapons, dead Tiger fighters and combat, and has its own partisans out in cyberspace who forward emails and photos and try to deconstruct LTTE images. Like the LTTE material, there is no way to prove their authenticity.
Read my other piece on exposed Tiger propaganda here.