For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya
Threatening letters continue to be sent to the Editor of The Sunday Leader following the verdict in the ‘White Flag’ case.
The latest threatening letter was received at the Leader Publications office in Ratmalana. The note was addressed to the Editor-in-Chief Frederica Jansz threatening both her family and herself, in foul language. The note was typed and vowed revenge on both Ms. Jansz and the Rajapaksa family.
This is not the first instance of such a letter being received by the Editor. Last October a threatening note was sent to her residence. On this occasion the note was handwritten using abusive language.
Following that threat, the Paris based Reporters Without Borders had written an open letter to President Mahinda Rajapaksa urging him to take whatever measures are necessary to protect her and to ensure that those responsible for the death threats against her are arrested.
The threatening letter Jansz received was prompted by her 2009 interview with Sarath Fonseka, in which Fonseka accused Defence Minister Gotabhaya Rajapaksa of ordering soldiers to kill LTTE cadres who wanted to surrender.
“We therefore urge you to give orders for these threats to be properly investigated and to take whatever measures are necessary to ensure that they stop. The Sri Lanka authorities should also be ready to provide proper protection to Ms. Jansz or any other journalist if they desire it,” RSF had said.