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CPJ Impact

February 23, 2009 4:41 PM ET

February 2009News from the Committee to Protect Journalists...

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Attacks on the Press in 2008: Sri Lanka

February 10, 2009 12:12 AM ET

A 2002 cease-fire between the predominantly Sinhalese government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), which claims territory for an ethnic Tamil homeland, was abandoned in January. Ethnic Tamil journalists perceived as supporting independence have long been under murderous...

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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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Attack on broadcaster needs independent inquiry

January 6, 2009 3:56 PM ET

New York, January 6, 2009--Following today's early morning assault by about 15 masked gunmen on Sirasa TV's studios outside the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, the Committee to Protect Journalists called for an independent, nonpartisan parliamentary board of inquiry to investigate....

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In Sri Lanka, CPJ saddened by death of journalist

October 6, 2008 4:52 PM ET

We issued this statement today after learning of the death of Rashmi Mohamed, a provincial correspondent for Sirasa TV. He was one of 27 people who died when a suspected rebel suicide bomber blew himself up today inside a crowded...

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Rashmi Mohamed

October 6, 2008 12:00 AM ET

Mohamed, a provincial correspondent for Sirasa TV, was covering the opening ceremony of the new office of the United National Party (UNP) in Anuradhapura when a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device. The blast apparently came from a member of...

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Press freedom in Sri Lanka continues to deteriorate

June 13, 2008 12:00 PM ET

Dear President Rajapaksa, The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by your government's policies toward journalists who write critically about the conflict between Sri Lanka's military forces and Tamil secessionists. We have seen an increase in harassment, intimidation, and detention of reporters, many of whom are columnists in senior positions with well-established careers. Police have failed to investigate threats to journalists who cover elections or expose alleged corruption or misdeeds. They have also never investigated the death of a television journalist.

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