Amnesty International Calls for Investigation into Sri Lankan Newspaper Editor’s Shooting Death

[Amnesty International]

Amnesty International urges the government of Sri Lanka to publicly condemn the shooting of Lasantha Wickramatunga, editor of the Sri Lankan Sunday Leader newspaper, and other attacks on the media. The human rights organization calls on Sri Lankan authorities to launch an independent investigation into the incident and other reported attacks on journalists. The shooting comes just two days after the privately owned MVC/MTV television studios in Colombo were ransacked by a gang of attackers who used claymore bombs to damage property. At least 14 media workers have been unlawfully killed in Sri Lanka since the beginning of 2006.

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