Selvarajah Rajeewarnam

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Attacks on the Press   |   Sri Lanka

Attacks on the Press 2007: 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.

Case   |   Sri Lanka

Tamil-language daily threatened

JANUARY 6, 2008
Posted January 14, 2008

Uthayan, Tamil-language daily

According to a letter to CPJ from Uthayan’s Managing Director E. Saravanapavan, the paper’s news desk received an anonymous phone call around 10:45 a.m. in which the caller told the paper to cease production or face unspecified consequences. Saravanapavan said the caller spoke in Tamil. It was the first overt threat to the paper in 2008, though there have been numerous threats previously. Uthayan is the only daily Tamil-language newspaper to be printed in the northern city of Jaffna, in the heart of the area caught in the battle between secessionist Tamil rebels and government forces. In April 2007, Uthayan reporter Selvarajah Rajeewarnam was shot by unidentified motorcycle-riding gunmen.

January 6, 2008 12:00 PM ET


Alerts   |   Sri Lanka

Amid civil strife, another Tamil journalist killed in Sri Lanka

New York, April 30, 2007—The Committee to Protect Journalists deplores the slaying on Sunday of Selvarajah Rajeewarnam, a reporter for the Tamil-language daily Uthayan, and calls on the government to investigate and quickly bring his assailants to justice. Rajeewarnam was aboard a bicycle on assignment in Jaffna when he was shot by unidentified motorcycle-riding gunmen about 600 feet (180 meters) from a military checkpoint, according to Uthayan staffers.

April 30, 2007 12:00 PM ET


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