|AP to investigate fairnessof
Sri Lankan conflict coverage
By Mendaka Abeysekera in New York
International newswire Associated Press (AP) has
agreed to investigate the fairness of its coverage on the Sri
The assurance was given following months of protests by the
Consortium of Sri Lankan Expatriates, who highlighted the biased
reporting by AP with regard to the April bomb blast in Vavuniya,
which killed eight persons.
The consortium met a top official of the newswire, John
Daniszewski, on December 7 in New York.
The AP news item titled ‘Sri Lanka roadside bomb kills 8 aboard
bus,’ which was published in April this year, accused the Sri
Lankan Government forces of deliberately targeting civilians.
The consortium has been challenging this AP report since April.
During Thursday’s meeting, Consortium Representative Sumith De
Silva pointed out that the Sri Lanka military has a tightly-knit
command structure with accountability.
It was also pointed out that LTTE accused the military of
killing 11 children, following which the Nugegoda bomb blast was
set by the LTTE as retaliation.
The Consortium Representative had highlighted that prominent
Tamil Political Leader V. Anandasangaree’s statement that he, as
a former MP for Kilinochchi, stating that there are no children
in that area other than LTTE cardes is sufficient.
In response, Deniszewski promised to investigate the AP news
report and publish a correction if the report was wrong.