‘The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them’ (George Orwell, Notes on Nationalism 1945).
We read with concern Sen and colleagues’ discussion of potential breaches of ethical neutrality in the reporting of events in Syria by Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and academic researchers. We fully concur that any research must be based on rigorous methodologies and robust ethical frameworks. However, when engaging in debates on ethics and critiques of existing research one should adopt a morally reflexive position and consider all the evidence that exists no matter who has produced it.
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