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UK Guardian removes Travel quiz reference to “Eelam” after protest from Sri Lankans

The High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in the United Kingdom has written to the Editor of the Guardian newspaper after the UK’s Guardian website posted a quiz by mentioning ‘Eelam’ as an indigenous name of Sri Lanka, linking it with the Tamil Tigers terrorist group.

“The attention of the Ministry is drawn to a quiz titled “Travel quiz: do you know your islands, Man Friday?” published on the web edition of The Guardian newspaper in the United Kingdom on Friday, 15 May 2020.  The second question reads -‘Eelam is an indigenous name for which popular holiday island?’ Among the answers to this question, Sri Lanka has been listed as one of the choices and when one selects  Sri Lanka as the answer, whilst indicating it as the correct answer, a further description ‘the full name of the island’s recent military insurgency was LTTE – Liberation Tigers for Tamil Eelam’ appears” Sri Lanka foreign ministry said in a statement.

“The High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in the United Kingdom wrote to the Editor of the Guardian newspaper on the inaccuracy of this information requesting that the content be removed.” statement further added.

The question which created outrage on social media in Sri Lanka has now been removed by the Guardian website.

Several people  and civil society groups like Gloab Sri Lankan Forum- Executive Committee had taken to social media and written and demand the UK guardian website to remove the reference linking Sri Lanka to Eelam and the LTTE.

The question published in the Guardian website is as follows.



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