Thursday, January 29, 2009

Associated Press kills story about civilians deaths after realizing they were subjected to a hoax

The Associated Press in a notice sent to all its customer publications requested to kill the Sri Lanka war tale that said 300 civilians have been killed and 1000 other civilians have been upset after realizing that they have been subjected to a trick.
In the notice the linked Press said, "Kill the Sri Lanka-Civil War story, V5414. The source denies he wrote the letter that said more than 300 civilians had been killed and 1,000 wounded in hostility in northern Sri Lanka."
Most of the Western news agencies have been subjected to the hoax of a letter supposed to have been written by a Medical managerial doctor in the form of an urgent appeal letter emailed to news agencies embassies and aid agencies etc.
Dr. Varatharaja, the local Director of Health Services (RDGS) Mullaitivu, who is supposed to be the originator of this "appeal" has deprived of any friendship with it, and states its contents are false and exaggerated; that it has not originated from him or his office, and that he does not have the same opinion with its contents, and that this "appeal" dispersed in order to humiliate him.
An official Sri Lanka government declaration said, "This is issued as an "URGENT APPEAL to the Government of Sri Lanka, the ICRC, the UN and the international group of people for medical supplies and checkup teams to be sent to the Mullaitivu district." This false appeal refers to an "acute shortage of essential drugs and medical workers in hospitals in the Mullaitivu District", aims at showing a major caring disaster in the area.
This false "appeal" refers to "heavy hostility and continuous multi-barrel arms shelling has resulted in more than that 300 internally displaced persons life form killed and over 1000 'hundred' injured in Suthanthirapuram, Udaiyaarkaddu and Vallipuram in the Mullaitivu District".
A Sri Lanka government Health Ministry official said, "I must talk about here that the first district drugs to these districts have been dispatched by the Ministry on priority even before the other districts were full.
Furthermore, I wish to state with utmost blame that I have been contacted by Dr. Vartharaja twice today, 27/1/2009 and he has firmly denied that the on top of mentioned community appeal has been made by him or originated from his office and he further stated that he does not agree with the contents of this appeal and that its contents are fake and overstated in order to disgrace him. However, he requested me to speed up the delivery of the first district drugs from Vavuniya as the stocks were receiving exhausted.
"He further said that he does not have right of entry to e-mail or fax facility to let go such a statement and spoken his dismay and concern about it. It is therefore clear that this has been done by destructive elements with sinister motives who want to humiliate the government and associate Dr. Varatharaja with false misinformation. He also sought advice from me as to what he should do when the troops advanced towards the Pudukkudiyiruppu hospital. I advised him to move into the cleared areas with the patients to which request he very obviously replied that the LTTE has not given him consent to do so and that he feared to do it without their permission".

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