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Sri Lanka urged to probe editor's killing two years on
09 Jan, 2011 17:36:32
January 9, 2011 (AFP) - A media rights group on Sunday marked the second anniversary of the assassination in Sri Lanka of an anti-government editor by calling for a fresh search for his killers.
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) accused the government of blocking investigations into the death of Lasantha Wickrematunga, who was shot dead while he drove to his office close to the capital Colombo.

"We urge President Mahinda Rajapakse to launch an exhaustive criminal investigation by requesting the assistance of international experts," Paris-based RSF said in a statement.

It also said the Sri Lankan government was doing nothing to solve the case "and in fact is clearly preventing the truth from coming to light".

No arrests have been made over the killing of Wickrematunga, who was editor of the Sunday Leader and a staunch critic of the war against Tamil Tiger rebels.

"By blocking the investigation and by fostering a climate of impunity and indifference, the government has become an accomplice," RSF said.

A total of 17 journalists and media employees have been killed in Sri Lanka in the past decade and many local reporters exercise self-censorship to avoid confrontations with the authorities, according to rights groups.

Government soldiers defeated the Tigers in May 2009 after decades of fighting.

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3. fairtrial Jan 11
To Asiapower and ih below:It's dangerous to condemn a man without subjecting him to a fair trial. If we access neighbour's gossips as evidence of guilt, then, as Adam Smith has pointed out, all of us will be collectively and separately hanged from all the available lamp posts. The prevention of such a situation is what we know as fair trial and rule of law.
2. ih Jan 11
Surprising these garbage journalists did not hear of various rumours of this guy blackmailing various people and demanding money. hey should have investigated these rumours.
1. asia power Jan 09
100% over fabricated story by AFP ...