I thought I posted this already

But I apparently I hit a button that did something else instead.


Last week (two weeks ago now), the editor of Sri Lanka’s Sunday Leader, Lasantha Wickramatunga, was killed by gunmen whilst driving to work.

The widely suspected instigator of this murder is the government of Sri Lanka, led by Lasantha’s friend of over 25 years, President Rajapaksa.

If this weren’t already enough of a Greek Tragedy of a story, Lasantha, realising that the noose was tightening, editorialised his own death.

Its long, but worth reading, for even a small window into what’s happening in Sri Lanka at the moment, a conflict often oversimplifed or simply ignored in the international press.


It ends thus:

If you remember nothing else, remember this: The Leader is there for you, be you Sinhalese, Tamil, Muslim, low-caste, homosexual, dissident or disabled. Its staff will fight on, unbowed and unafraid, with the courage to which you have become accustomed. Do not take that commitment for granted. Let there be no doubt that whatever sacrifices we journalists make, they are not made for our own glory or enrichment: they are made for you. Whether you deserve their sacrifice is another matter. As for me, God knows I tried.

Which is, ladies and gentlemen, Journalism with a capital J.


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