Belfast Telegraph

Friday 21 November 2014

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.

NEVILLE DE SILVA

Deputy High Commissioner

High Commission of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

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