Subash Chandraboas

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Attacks on the Press   |   Sri Lanka

Attacks on the Press 2007: Sri Lanka

SRI LANKA

In May, senior journalist Iqbal Athas wrote to CPJ warning that press freedom conditions had deteriorated under President Mahinda Rajapaksa. By September, Athas, a well-known defense correspondent for The Sunday Times of Sri Lanka and a 1994 CPJ International Press Freedom Award winner, had to leave the country temporarily in fear for his safety after angering officials with a story about the corruption-ridden purchase of MiG-27 fighter jets from Ukraine. That departure was not the first time Athas had fled Sri Lanka for his safety, but it was indicative of the pressures facing journalists who dared to take on the government.

Alerts   |   Sri Lanka

In Sri Lanka, editor of Tamil magazine is killed in his home

New York, April 20, 2007—Subash Chandraboas, editor of the Tamil-language monthly magazine Nilam, was shot and killed in his home near Vavuniya on Monday. The Committee to Protect Journalists is investigating whether the killing was related to his work.

The Free Media Movement (FMM), a media-rights organization that first reported the death, said it was not immediately clear if the killing was work-related. Vavuniya, 162 miles (260 kilometers) north of Colombo, has been the site of a number of recent killings. Sri Lankan media put the number at 25 since the beginning of the month, according to FMM.
April 20, 2007 12:00 PM ET

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