Saturday, January 09, 2010

A year on from the murder of Lasantha Wickrematunge

It's a year since the murder of Sri Lankan editor Lasantha Wickrematunge and Time magazines takes a look at journalism on the Indian ocean island 12 months on.

With the perpetrators still not found,there has been an exodus of journalists and media activists from Sri Lanka and as the magazine reports

The widespread condemnation of Wickrematunge's murder did little to change the restrictions on the media. For months after the civil war was declared over, journalists were not permitted to travel to or report in the former conflict zone in the island's north, and they still need permission to visit camps where those displaced by the war remain, or to speak with those who have returned to their former villages. Similar authorization is required to visit and write on the accelerated development and resettlement process now under way in the Vanni, the former conflict zone in northern Sri Lanka.

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