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Sri Lankan editor honoured by IPI as a World Press Freedom Hero

Sri Lankan editor honoured posthumously.
Sri Lankan editor honoured posthumously.

via IPI

Sri Lankan journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge, former editor of the "The Sunday Leader", has been posthumously declared an International Press Institute (IPI) World Press Freedom Hero. He was murdered in January 2009. Wickrematunge was a tenacious critic of abuses by the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Journalists at "The Sunday Leader" continue to work under dangerous conditions and a few have received death threats.

Wickrematunge will be one of 60 World Press Freedom Heroes honoured in a ceremony to commemorate IPI's 60th year of defending press freedom worldwide, at the IPI World Congress in Vienna and Bratislava, from 11-14 September 2010.

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