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I am glad, the BMJ's paper edition has now published the Sri Lankan High Commissioner's response to the article of "a Tamil national with a highly biased point of view that favours the propaganda of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)".Following this episode,I sincerely hope that in future, the BMJ will take further precautions before publishing articles with widespread accusations aimed at tarnishing a democratically elected Government of a sovereign state.Whilst I have no idea as to what steps the BMJ took to check the veracity of the accusations/claims which the said "Tamil national..." made,perhaps in hindsight, the BMJ might agree that it should have adopted a more cautious stance in this instance.More so, as the LTTE is a proscribed organisation in the UK under the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005;thus in strict legal terms,there's no difference between the terror outfit LTTE and Al-Quaida.
May I suggest, if the BMJ is inclined to publish such controversial and legally sensitive articles that it carries out more stringent checks of the author in addition to standard declaration of competing interests etc..Trust, it is not necessary for me to detail as to what those " more stringent checks" should be and how they could be done.
A misrepresentation of reality
BMJ 2009; 339: b2941.
I hate terrorism and those who directly/indirectly promote terrorism.