Monday, October 12, 2009

PTI lifts Daily Mirror's copy as its own story

The Colombo based reporter for the Press Trust of India (PTI) -T V Sriram, not for the first time has copied a story off the Daily Mirror website and published the same content with his byline without giving due courtesy to the original source. Not only is this unprofessional but also takes away the due credit that the original reporter deserves. Below is part of the PTI story while the original Daily Mirror story also appears on this page.

The PTI story:
Colombo, Oct 11 (PTI) On a mission to understand the living conditions of displaced Tamils lodged in camps, a delegation of MPs from Tamil Nadu today asked the Sri Lankan government to resettle them soon and sought an early political solution to the Tamil question.

Addressing a gathering in Jaffna, the 10 member Indian parliamentary delegation today said that the displaced people in camps in Vavuniya should be resettled early and a political solution to the Tamil issue be found soon.

A political solution is necessary to resolve the conflict which had lasted for more than 25 years, senior DMK leader T R Baalu, who is leading the delegation on a five day visit here said.

He said the Sri Lankan and Indian Tamils had a strong bond, a relationship which is also reflected in the ties between India and Sri Lanka.

Speaking at the gathering, Kanimozhi, daughter of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, said the displaced people should be reunited with their families and there should be no travel restriction on the people.

During the visit to Jaffna the Tamil Nadu delegation also met Social Service Minister Douglas Devananda and the Northern Province Governor Major General Chandrasiri.

Scores of people queued up along the streets in Jaffna to welcome the visiting Tamil MPs.

The Daily Mirror story:
Tamil Nadu delegation urges release of IDPs from camps
By N. Parameshwaran in Jaffna

A visiting Tamil Nadu parliamentary delegation today called for the release of the displaced people in camps in Vavuniya, the restoration of democracy and a political solution to the conflict.

In an address made at the Jaffna library this morning head of the visiting delegation T.R.Balu said a political solution is necessary to resolve the conflict which had lasted for more than 25 years.

He added that the Sri Lankan and Indian Tamils had a strong bond, a relationship which is also reflected in the ties between India and Sri Lanka.

Also speaking here Kanimozhi, daughter of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi, said that the Tamil people should not shed tears anymore, the displaced people should be reunited with their families and democracy restored in the country.

Jaffna Fisherman’s societies meanwhile handed over a petition to the Tamil Nadu delegation urging their intervention over Indian fishermen poaching in Lankan waters.
The Tamil Nadu delegation assured they will take up the issue with the Indian Central government.


During the visit to Jaffna the Tamil Nadu delegation had talks with Social service Minister Douglas Devananda and the Northern Province Governor Major General Chandrasiri. They also garlanded the statue of the late Chelvanayagam.

People lined up the streets in Jaffna to welcome the visiting Tamil MPs from Tamil Nadu who were scheduled to visit the IDP camps in Vavuniya this evening.

Link: http://www.dailymirror.lk/DM_BLOG/Sections/frmNewsDetailView.aspx?ARTID=64298

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