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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 Lankan conflict.
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.

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