Lasantha press freedom ‘hero’

19 February 2010 08:38 am - 13     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Slain Sri Lankan Editor Lasantha Wickrematunga has been named the 53rd World Press Freedom Hero by the International Press Freedom Institute.

The nomination of Lasantha Wickrematunge was unanimously approved by the five-member IPI World Press Freedom Hero jury that had included Raymond Louw the Editor & Publisher of the Southern Africa Report; N. Ravi the Editor of The Hindu in India; Galina Sidorova Editor-in-Chief at Sovershenno Secretno in Russia; Ferai Tinc, Columnist at the Hürriyet Daily in Turkey; and H.D.S. Greenway, Columnist; former Editorial Page Editor, The Boston Globe, Boston, MA.

Wickrematunge will also 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 Bratislavia from between the 11th and 14th of September.


  Comments - 13

  • Friday, 19 February 2010 10:53 AM

    He was the bravest ever journalist

    Friday, 19 February 2010 10:53 AM

    It is a pity that such great men are never accorded their due place in their own country.Woe to them who bask in his death.

    Friday, 19 February 2010 11:17 AM


    Friday, 19 February 2010 08:49 AM

    Great honor !! shame to every one involved.

    Friday, 19 February 2010 09:01 AM

    Your are still dearly missed and that now more than ever!

    Friday, 19 February 2010 09:11 AM

    Yes, a Real Hero who did not hesitate at all to use his excellent talent as a journalist to expose the rogue politicians regardless of their status. "Unbowed and Unafraid". He even predicted his own tragic end at the hands of the murderous politicians. Let the whole world know the real story and what is really happening in this land.

    Friday, 19 February 2010 09:14 AM

    We have lost a brilliant man.

    Friday, 19 February 2010 09:36 AM

    Well done sir, you are deserved to get this for the fearless attitude in your investigative journalism.

    Friday, 19 February 2010 07:11 PM

    Yes my friend, in SRI LANKA, being a journalist IS a joke. You say what is given by 'Hamu Mahaththaya' or you will be the joke of 'Dostara Mahaththaya.'

    Friday, 19 February 2010 09:41 AM

    Yes he is a true hero !.

    Friday, 19 February 2010 09:59 AM

    The greatest of all Sri Lanka JOURNALISTS, whose life was taken away by sponsored goons of the interested party covering their sins.. HE IS AN UNSUNG HERO OF THE MASSES OF SRI LANKA.

    Friday, 19 February 2010 10:13 AM

    Careful, they might try and steal that credit as well.

    Friday, 19 February 2010 10:46 AM

    What a joke!

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