For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya
Lasantha was murdered on January 8, 2009 in broad daylight as he drove to work. According to witnesses eight men on four motorcycles surrounded his car and bludgeoned him to death. The brutal killing took place some 200 yards from one of Sri Lankaís largest Air Force bases.
Now a year later, Lasanthaís murder remains unsolved. Indeed, as with the 13 other dissident media workers brutally slaughtered since President Mahinda Rajapaksa assumed the presidency just four years ago, there has been no serious investigation of his murder. And I am confident there will never be one. When the state kills, it kills with impunity.
Sonali Samarasinghe Wickrematunge, former Editor in Chief of ĎThe Morning Leaderí and former Consultant Editor of ĎThe Sunday Leaderí was awarded this yearís Oxfam Novib/PEN International Freedom of Expression award, … Continue reading
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins the widow of Sri Lankan journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge in calling on Sri Lankaís power-holders to take immediate action to conduct a full, fair … Continue reading
WIDOW OF LASANTHA WICKREMATUNGE, 2009 UNESCO WORLD PRESS FREEDOM LAUREATE “Your Highness, Mr Director-General, Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen: On behalf of my late husband and fellow journalist, Lasantha Wickrematunge, … Continue reading
[TamilNet, Tuesday, 05 May 2009, 1 ] The UNESCO World Press Freedom Prize 2009 has been awarded posthumously to Sri Lankan journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge, assassinated by a government death-squad in … Continue reading
By Lynette Lee Corporal Sonali Samarasinghe Wickrematunge, widow of slain Sri Lankan journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge, would have wanted to be at a media conference here to accept an award on … Continue reading
February 9, 20 http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/2009/200902/20090212.html ( interview with CBC) Her husband predicted the authorities would murder him. Now in hiding, she is on a mission to bring justice to Sri Lanka. … Continue reading