6, 2009: The main control room of
Wickramatunga is the eighth journalist to be murdered in apparent connection with his work since President Mahinda Pajapaksa took office.
conclusion: The Rajapaksa government must take responsibility for an atmosphere
of impunity with regard to crimes against journalists in
in a meeting with a CPJ delegation at the Sri Lankan Embassy in
government has stepped up its war against the Tamil Tigers (LTTE), which is
fighting for an independent Tamil homeland along
Pressed by CPJ's Joel Simon and Bob Dietz about the three January attacks, Wickramasuriya said all were under investigation. The delegation, which also included CPJ's Frank Smyth and board members Clarence Page, Mark Whitaker, and myself, questioned the credibility of the government investigation, given that some eyewitnesses and critics claimed to see a government hand in the attacks.
The delegation suggested the government could relieve some doubts by making the investigation more rigorous, by presenting regular progress reports to Sri Lankan and international news media, and more transparent, by opening the process to journalistic coverage.
Basnayake, an advisor to the Embassy from the
concluded the meeting by promising better communication from the government and
especially from the attorney general's office, but then handed out a list of
Sinhalese and Tamil, pro- and anti-government newspapers in publication,
calling them proof that "