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.