Death of a Journalist

On January 8, Lasantha Wicrematunge, the editor in chief of the Sunday Leader newspaper in Sri Lanka, was shot in the head and murdered by an assailant on his way to his office. Sri Lankan President Mahindra Rajapakse has sworn to find the murderer. Given the Sunday Leader’s opposition to Rajapakse’s regime, many in Sri Lanka suspect that parties close to him were responsible for the killing.

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