Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 29 March 2015

Facts of stories need checked

A news story (Online, February 16), headlined 'British reporter shot in Sri Lanka', created the false impression a British journalist was the victim.

The headline suggests, mistakenly, that Faraz Shauketaly was either a British journalist on assignment in Sri Lanka, or was based in Sri Lanka for a British news organisation. In fact, Mr Shauketaly is a Sri Lankan of dual nationality, with British citizenship, and was working as a journalist on the Sri Lankan newspaper The Sunday Leader.

I would have expected a news organisation such as yours to be extra-vigilant in checking your facts without, inadvertently perhaps, pandering to the rhetorical outbursts of those who thrive on falsehoods and disharmony.


Deputy High Commissioner

High Commission of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

To email your letter to the Editor click here

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting?

Latest News

Latest Sport

Latest Showbiz