World Press Freedom Prize 2009 awarded posthumously to Sri Lankan journalist

Earlier today, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced the World Press Freedom Prize 2009 will be awarded posthumously to Sri Lankan journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge. Wickramatunga is a well-known editor of the Sri Lankan Sunday Leader newspaper and a lawyer. He was murdered while on his way to work on January 8, 2009. The Sunday Leader has carried a number of articles exposing political corruption in privatization deals and also highlighted human rights abuses in the context of renewed fighting. The killing came two days after the privately-owned TV studios of another media group critical of the government had been ransacked by a gang of attackers.

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