Suresh Linbiyo

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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.

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T. Tharmalingam

Announcer Isaivizhi Chempiyan and technicians Suresh Linbiyo and T. Tharmalingam were killed in a Sri Lankan Air Force air strike. Fighter jets dropped a dozen bombs on the station shortly before Velupillai Prabhakaran, leader of the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), was due to broadcast a statement. At least five other people were killed in the strike against the LTTE-run station, according to local media reports.
November 27, 2007 12:02 AM ET

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Isaivizhi Chempiyan

Announcer Isaivizhi Chempiyan and technicians Suresh Linbiyo and T. Tharmalingam were killed in a Sri Lankan Air Force air strike. Fighter jets dropped a dozen bombs on the station shortly before Velupillai Prabhakaran, leader of the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), was due to broadcast a statement. At least five other people were killed in the strike against the LTTE-run station, according to local media reports.
November 27, 2007 12:00 AM ET

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