utlook records with regret the death of Lasantha Wickrematunge shortly after filing this despatch. Editor of the Sunday Leader
, Wickrematunge was shot dead by two men on a motorcycle as he drove to work in Colombo on January 8, 2009. The Paris-based media watchdog Reporters sans Frontieres held Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse’s government responsible for inciting hatred against Wickrematunge, an investigative journalist. Sri Lanka was ranked 165th among 173 countries in the 2008 Press Freedom Index, the lowest ranking for any democratic country.
The Fall Of Kilinochchi
- The battle for Kilinochchi begins toward August-end
- It's preceded by govt advances over 12 months into the Tiger heartland of N Sri Lanka, known as the Vanni
- Sri Lanka's Task Force One (TF1) moves on the western shoreline, taking over Tiger-held areas. The 57...