The most dangerous profession

At least eight prominent journalists have left Sri Lanka since the assassination of Sunday Leader editor Lasantha Wickrematunga on the 8th January,

“Journalism has perhaps become the most dangerous profession in this country,” the privately run [Sunday Leader] said in a front-page editorial on Saturday. “It is riskier than even soldiering in that a soldier has to be mindful of only one enemy whereas a journalist does not know from which quarter the icy cold hand of death may reach out for him or her.” link

Meanwhile the investigation into the killing of Wickrematunga is proceeding slowly according to Police Media Spokesperson SSP, Ranjith Gunasekera,

“The general public is not co-operating with the police to make a breakthrough. We would therefore have to depend on the circumstantial and scientific evidence for a breakthrough. If so it would definitely take a longer duration before we make a breakthrough,” Gunasekera said. “We have to be very careful when producing evidence to court and since there are 10 more days for the next hearing we hope to receive some sort of clue to the assassination.” link

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