Charles Haviland - BBC News

An exchange of views with the BBC in relation to a report of the Elders Group on Sri Lanka.

Question from the BBC

“The elders say that some recent positive change within Sri Lanka is tainted by “intolerance of debate or dissent and a culture of impunity that protects those close to the govt”.

Response in 40 words please.

Actual response, but edited and used by the BBC without the question, which may cause confusion

“As with many retired elders, these simplify and preach, instead of making recommendations to build on the positive changes they finally recognize. There is certainly no lack of dissent and criticism of government as seen daily in papers and Parliament”.

The BBC version

An MP from the governing coalition, Rajiva Wijesinha, said that retired elders were “simplifying and preaching” instead of making recommendations to build on the positive change. He said there was no lack of dissent and criticism – and this was seen daily in newspapers and the parliament.

Source: BBC News South Asia  3 August 2010  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-10851163

Response to a report of the Elders Group on Sri Lanka (English) – http://www.youtube.com/user/RajivaWijesinha#p/a/u/0/03G_4UVsxPs


Response to a report of the Elders Group on Sri Lanka (Sinhala) – http://www.youtube.com/user/RajivaWijesinha#p/a/u/1/B-qKO3tXlrY

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