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Errors, disinformation in US-based Country Watch report on Sri Lanka exposed

A report on Sri Lanka by CountryWatch, a prominent US-based information provider, is full of bias, errors, and outdated information warns an international group that has just posted an extensive exposé on it online.

“Academicians, business leaders, or anyone using this report as a source document should be cautioned that in addition to inaccuracies it also contains unsubstantiated allegations that amount to disinformation,” said Ranjith Soysa of the Global Sri Lankan Forum (GSLF), Australia Inc.

He said that critical statistics, such as economic indices, are “woefully outdated,” some of it even over a decade old despite CountryWatch’s claims that its Country Review series are “up to date.”

“The fact that President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s name has been misspelled (as Rajpaksa) 69 times throughout the report is, by itself, a clear indication of the appalling lack of editorial oversight,” Soysa said, adding:

“It falls short of the standards required of a publication that claims to provide information to universities, schools, libraries, and government agencies.”

The 397-page online report titled “Sri Lanka 2017 Country Review” attempts at a panoramic view of Sri Lanka beginning with the island’s early history and including the LTTE war and recent political developments.

CountryWatch, based in Texas, introduces itself on its website as “ an information provider for corporations, government agencies, universities, schools, libraries and individuals needing up-to-date news and information on each of the recognized countries of the world.” It describes its staff as having extensive international business experience and the members of the editorial department have strong academic backgrounds.”

For an extensive critique of the Sri Lanka Country Review co-edited by GSLF and Sri Lanka-US Political Affairs Council (SLUPAC) of California please visit: countrywatchslreport.wordpress.com

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