Even by Sri
Lanka’s standards, January 2009 was a brutal
month for journalists.
January 6, on a quiet road on the outskirts of Colombo, the country’s main independently
owned TV station, Sirasa TV, was raided at 2:05 a.m. by 15 to 20 masked armed
men working with military precision. At 2:35:31 they detonated an explosion,
possibly a claymore mine, a military-style antipersonnel mine set off by an
electrical charge through wires leading to the device.