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Rights group call for impartial probe over latest journalist killing in Sri Lanka

Sharhan Muhseen and Raja Senanayake

Reporters Without Borders condemned the fourth murder of a media professional in Sri Lanka since the start of 2006 after freelance journalist Lakmal Silva, who specialised in defence questions was killed in a southern Colombo suburb.

Reporters Without Borders voiced its fears on the subject, in June 2006, after pro-government media made threats against five Sri Lankan journalists who had met a Tamil Tiger leader. "If the authorities want to put an end to the rumours about the implication of the security forces in the killing, they must hold a rigorous and impartial investigation," the press freedom organisation said."

They should also do the same in the four other recent murder cases in Sri Lanka, of Subramaniyam Sugirdharajan, Relangi Sevaraja, Dharmeratnam Sivaram, Suresh Kumar and Ranjith Kumar."

The organisation also called on the Sri Lankan government to take steps to protect the safety of the country's journalists.

Silva was shot dead after he was lured into an ambush overnight on 1st July after he went to meet an unknown person who had contacted him by telephone.

Police found his body the following morning. His family said he had not received any threats.
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Silva mainly covered the conflict between the

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