Lasantha Wickramatunga

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And then they came for Lasantha

January 13, 2009 11:57 AM ET

Lasantha Wickramatunga was gunned down in his car last week on his way to work. According to colleagues, his attackers used an automatic pistol equipped with a silencer. After they smashed in one of his car windows, they repeatedly shot...

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Diplomatic pressure needed to protect journalists

January 8, 2009 1:59 PM ET

New York, January 8, 2009--With today's murder of the editor-in-chief of the The Sunday Leader newspaper, the Committee to Protect Journalists called on concerned ambassadors in Colombo to weigh in forcefully and immediately with President Mahinda Rajapaksa to put an...

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Lasantha Wickramatunga

Lasantha Wickramatunga

January 8, 2009 12:00 AM ET

Eight helmeted men on four motorcycles forced Wickramatunga's car to the side of a busy street outside Colombo and beat him with iron bars and wooden poles. He died in a local hospital a few hours later. Wickramatunga, editor-in-chief...

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Attacks on the Press 2005: Sri Lanka

February 16, 2006 11:10 AM ET

SRI LANKA The slow unraveling of a cease-fire between the government and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) complicated Sri Lanka's efforts to recover from the December 2004 tsunami and hindered the media's ability to cover the disaster...

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In Sri Lanka, arsonists strike printing press as attacks escalate

October 17, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, October 17, 2005—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns recent violent attacks on the Sri Lankan media and the apparent escalation of the assaults ahead of November's presidential election. In the most recent incident on Sunday, unidentified men set...

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SRI LANKA

October 16, 2005 12:00 PM ET

OCTOBER 16, 2005 October 18, 2005 Sunday Leader, Midweek Leader, IrudinaATTACKED At around 8 p.m., as many as 10 men entered a building in Ratmalana, south of the capital Colombo, where the printing press is housed for the English-language weeklies...

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Attacks on the Press 2003: Sri Lanka

March 11, 2004 12:01 PM ET

The Sri Lankan government's fragile cease-fire with the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), reached in February 2002 after 20 years of fighting, held throughout 2003 and brought a measure of stability to the media. But political tensions reached...

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