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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2528

The “Sunday Leader” attacked

[b]The “Sunday Leader” attacked[/b]

[b]Colombo, 17 October, ([/b] A group of seven to eight persons armed with guns; clubs and knives entered the premises of the printing press of the ‘Sunday Leader’ and ‘Irudina’ weeklies at Rtamalana, located about 20 kilometers south of Colombo around 8.00 pm on 16th October 2005, and threatened the manager for its stance against the government of dire consequences.

According to reports, the gang members hit the publication's manager S.A. Dias on the neck and demanded that printing of the newspaper be stopped.

The gang men also set fire to bundles of returned newspapers. The workers were able to extinguish the fire thereby saving the printing machine, according to the management.

“The gang broke into the offices of ‘The Sunday Leader’ and set bundles of newspapers on fire,” said Lasantha Wickremetunga, the paper's chief editor.

He added that the armed men made off with Dias' mobile phone and some cash after setting about 40 bundles of newspaper ablaze..

Wickremetunga vowed that the newspaper would not be “intimidated into silence.''

In the meantime, Free Media Movement condemned the arson attack on the newspaper office.

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