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Clarification on false claims made in emails circulating on the Internet


22 June 2009

We have learnt that Dr Jim Murtagh has made false claims about his relationship with some members of aidstruth.org in email correspondence with AIDS denialists. We do not wish to be drawn into the squabbles of people not associated with us. Nevertheless, we print the following clarification to rectify confusion generated by Dr Murtagh's emails:

  • Dr Murtagh is not a member of aidstruth.org. We are not affiliated with him. The members of aidstruth.org can be found on our About page.
  • This website receives no funding other than the personal contributions of some of its members to cover hosting costs.
  • Contrary to Dr Murtagh's claims, neither the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) nor any other organisation in which members of aidstruth.org have a leadership role support Dr Murtagh financially or materially.
  • No members of aidstruth.org were aware that Dr Murtagh would make false claims in emails. We find such behaviour repugnant.
  • No leaders of the TAC are involved with Dr Murtagh or his dealings. 
  • Contrary to suggestions in Dr Murtagh's emails, a judgment of the Cape High Court has found no evidence that the TAC has any financial relationship with the pharmaceutical industry. On the contrary, the court found it unlikely that the TAC would have such a relationship. The same court interdicted an individual and two organisations for falsely claiming the organisation was funded by the pharmaceutical industry.
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