Callum Macrae, director of the investigative documentary ‘No Fire Zone’ on alleged human rights violations by the Sri Lankan Army, has clarified that he did not express solidarity with a protest demonstration held here on Monday by the DMK-initiated Tamil Eelam Supporters Organisation (TESO).

In a statement, Mr. Macrae said DMK president M. Karunanidhi and M.K. Stalin had contacted him over the phone at his residence on Tuesday (March 5). Through a translator, they thanked him for making the documentary. He had in return thanked them for the wishes. “Although I appreciated their kind words, I must stress I did not express any views at all about the demonstrations,” the journalist said in a statement issued by his publicist. A DMK release had earlier said Mr. Macrae had conveyed his support to the protest while speaking to the DMK leaders. “I hope all people of goodwill will continue to call for justice and truth in Sri Lanka, and that is why I am happy to talk to people of all political parties – but as a journalist and a film-maker I certainly would not endorse any one party,” Mr. Macrae said.

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