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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2613

European Union express its concern over the killing of, Lasantha Wickrematunga

Colombo, 09 January, ( The European Commission has said that it was deeply concerned by the assassination of the chief editor of the Sri Lankan Sunday Leader newspaper, Lasantha Wickrematunga, who was shot this morning near Colombo and who has subsequently passed away.

It said, "The Commission extends its profound sympathy to the family of Mr Wickrematunga."

Benita Ferrero-Waldner, European Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, on yesterday’s killing of Sunday Leader Chief Editor in Sri Lanka in a statement said:

"I was deeply shocked to learn about today’s assassination of Lasantha Wickrematunga, the chief editor of Sri Lanka’s Sunday Leader newspaper. This attack comes just two days after a privately-owned television station was attacked and set on fire and follows several incidents of harassment and threats of journalists in Sri Lanka that have occurred over recent months. Our concerns about the freedom of the media, already under severe pressure from assaults and intimidation, have been exacerbated by the killing of Lasantha Wickrematunga.

"As in other countries where the safety and independence of people working in the media are under threat, I express my admiration at the willingness of Sri Lankan journalists to continue their work in the face of risks like these. I call upon the government to put in place protection mechanisms to ensure the safety of journalists in Sri Lanka. It is essential that citizens continue to benefit from media providing free and accurate reporting on national affairs. I urge the Sri Lankan authorities to take all necessary steps to bring the perpetrators to justice, as there can be no impunity for these terrible crimes."

- Asian Tribune -

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