Paranirupasingham Devakumar

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Getting Away With Murder 2009

CPJ’s Impunity Index spotlights countries
where journalists are slain and killers go free

New York, March 23, 2009 -- The already murderous conditions for the press in Sri Lanka and Pakistan deteriorated further in the past year, the Committee to Protect Journalists has found in its newly updated Impunity Index, a list of countries where journalists are killed regularly and governments fail to solve the crimes. Colombia, historically one of the world’s deadliest nations for the press, improved as the rate of murders declined and prosecutors won important recent convictions.

Attacks on the Press   |   Sri Lanka

Attacks on the Press in 2008: Sri Lanka

A 2002 cease-fire between the predominantly Sinhalese government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), which claims territory for an ethnic Tamil homeland, was abandoned in January. Ethnic Tamil journalists perceived as supporting independence have long been under murderous attack, but 2008 brought an escalation in physical and verbal attacks on mainstream journalists who dared to be critical of the government’s military operations.

Alerts   |   Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan journalist critically injured in gun attack

New York, September 11, 2008— The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the shooting of Sri Lankan journalist Radhika Devakumar on Monday evening. A gunman or gunmen fired on Devakumar, an ethnic Tamil, at her home in Batticaloa, eastern Sri Lanka, according to local news reports. She was in critical condition today after being transferred to a Colombo hospital, the reports said.

Initial reports differed on details of the attack, including the number of assailants and the precise location. Devakumar was shot at around 8 p.m., the reports said, and suffered at least two gunshot wounds. No family members were reported injured.

September 11, 2008 8:31 PM ET


Alerts   |   Sri Lanka

TV reporter slain in northern Sri Lanka

New York, May 29, 2008—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the brutal murder of a television journalist in the conflict-ridden Jaffna peninsula in northern Sri Lanka on Wednesday. 

Paranirupasingham Devakumar, Jaffna correspondent for the Maharaja Television news channel News 1st, was stabbed to death by a group of unidentified people on Wednesday evening, according to Susil Kindelpitiya, a Maharaja Television news director who spoke with CPJ by telephone this morning.

May 29, 2008 12:00 PM ET


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