On the left is the flag of the Tamil Eelam. On the right is the flag of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, a.k.a., the Tamil Tigers.
|Flag of Tamil Eelam|
|Flag of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam|
If Tamils who support the Tamil Eelam say that the flag represents the Tamil Eelam and not the Tamil Tigers, then it represents the Tamil Eelam and not the Tamil Tigers.
Yes, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam created and use the Tamil Eelam flag. It makes sense, since they support the Tamil Eelam. However, not everyone who supports the Tamil Eelam supports the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.
The Liberation Tigers of Eelam supporters are a proper subset of Tamil Eelam supporters.
A – Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam supporters
B – Tamil Eelam supporters
If you are a news reporter covering a protest, your job is to report the what is happening in the protest, not insert your dubious opinion of questionable value in a soundbite by calling Tamil protesters “Tamil Tiger” supporters, or casually referring to the flags as “Tamil Tiger flags”. If you want to make that kind of argument, then you should have become a political pundit.
Even if it was true that all Tamil Eelam flags are Tamil Tiger flags, then it would not be inaccurate to report the flags being flown as “Tamil Eelam flags”.
Report the news, not your opinion.