For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya
One year ago today, my uncle Lasantha Wickrematunge – one of Sri Lanka’s best-known journalists – was assassinated. For 15 years his paper, the Sunday Leader, was the strongest liberal democratic voice in the country. Despite frequent attacks on its staff and offices, it produced impartial reporting on the brutal civil war and high-level corruption, and thwarted censorship to expose human rights viol
7 Janu ary 2010
“A year has gone by without any progress in the investigation into his murder,” Lal Wickrematunge said today to Reporters Without Borders, on the eve of the first anniversary of the fatal shooting of his brother, Lasantha Wickrematunge, the Colombo-based Sunday Leader’s well-known managing editor. It is Lal who has replaced him at the helm of investigative weekly, some of whose journalists were recently threatened.
By Ananda Weerasuriya
The CID informed the Mount Lavinia Magistrate yesterday that Judicial Medical Officer who conducted the post mortem inquiry had revealed that the death of Sunday Leader Editor, Lasantha Wickrematunga had been caused not due to gunshots but injuries caused to his head with a sharp weapon.
8th January marks the first anniversary of the assassination of Lasantha Wikrematunge, the senior journalist and founding editor of “The Sunday Leader” newspaper. Lasantha Wikrematunge was on his way to his office when four motorcyclists wearing black followed him for several miles before gunning him down during the morning hours on a busy road in a Colombo suburb – apparently without any fear of being apprehended.
The polls chief has ordered state-run television to halt five political programmes allegedly imed at slinging mud at political opponents of the ruling party.
Elections commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake has issued the order under the powers vested in him by the constitution.