Sri Lankan Embassy denies press freedom crisis

By David Marash/CPJ Board Member on March 6, 2009 3:43 PM ET

January 6, 2009: The main control room of Colombo's TV Sirasa is bombed. January 8, 2009: Prominent independent editor Lasantha Wickramatunga is killed by a hit-squad that attacks his car while it is blocked in traffic. January 23, 2009: Pro-government editor Upali Tennakoon is attacked under similar circumstances by a similar hit-squad. He is injured, but escapes with his life and flees the country.

Wickramatunga is the eighth journalist to be murdered in apparent