Video: Sunday Leader journalist Faraz shot

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Sunday Leader Journalist Faraz Shaukatally was shot by an unidentified group last night, a reporter said. He was admitted to the Kalubowila hospital.

The injured journalist was thereafter transferred to the Colombo National Hospital where he is to undergo surgery.

Initial inquiries have revealed that three men on two motorbikes had opened fire at Shaukatally in front of a guest house in which he was residing.

Reports said the journalist had been on the phone with a colleague when the line was abruptly disconnected around midnight. Minutes later the Sunday Leader had been alerted about the shooting.

Earlier, Shaukatally was reported to have told his colleagues that a group of individuals had visited his residence and inquired of his whereabouts from residents of the area.

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  • Lankan Origin Saturday, 16 February 2013 12:00 AM

    Is this the beginning of a New war ??? Racism... over flows... via DM Android App

    salla Saturday, 16 February 2013 12:00 AM

    What the hell.... via DM Android App

    Mikee Saturday, 16 February 2013 06:47 AM

    Extremely sad to hear about the shooting in the Dharmadveepa. Wish him a speedy recovery and I will not be surprised if someone does not say that this is an American conspiracy.

    Mohan Saturday, 16 February 2013 06:49 AM

    Why can't the combine opposition parties, have their own intelligence unit or hire one. Surely these are happening in a twenty mile radius. Opposition leader is sleeping while reporters are dying.

    kiwi Saturday, 16 February 2013 01:32 PM

    It would have been better under dogs as they have gratitude. These are devils.

    Real Peace Saturday, 16 February 2013 06:55 AM

    Many journalists have been maimed and murdered but not a single culprit has been caught and prosecuted. This makes me extremely angry.

    Cobra Saturday, 16 February 2013 01:49 PM

    Taking over the Sunday Leader by other means wasn't enough???

    godofwar Sunday, 17 February 2013 06:28 AM

    I wonder who did it?

    Minimaro Lokkah Sunday, 17 February 2013 06:28 AM

    Parasites or blood sucking leecheswill be more appropriate and meaningful.

    Play Boy Saturday, 16 February 2013 01:57 PM

    Wonder of Asia? Perhaps yes.

    AMT Saturday, 16 February 2013 01:58 PM

    Change is what you need to stop?

    Banda Saturday, 16 February 2013 01:58 PM

    This regime should be kicked out

    Wimal_Modawansa Saturday, 16 February 2013 07:12 AM

    Solving issues.Sri Lankan way+

    aja Saturday, 16 February 2013 02:07 PM

    don't worry this time 1st place for LANKA.

    Thomas Saturday, 16 February 2013 02:19 PM

    You have to answer for all these in Geneva in March.

    rehan Saturday, 16 February 2013 07:21 AM


    lankexpat Saturday, 16 February 2013 02:34 PM

    Welcome to lost paradise, Land like no other, where Journalist are shot, businessmen abducted, human rights Activist silenced.Call Lankaistan.Country has become a family has become a pineapple republic. thats why investments are stagnating. no wonder . SL will never learn

    Ravi Sunday, 17 February 2013 07:12 AM

    He said he shot close.

    Sahmy Saturday, 16 February 2013 12:00 AM

    what is his latest article!!!??? via DM Android App

    pasu Saturday, 16 February 2013 02:51 PM

    tunnel view is not good. should bird view for this incident

    janaka Saturday, 16 February 2013 02:57 PM

    I am sure the guy who shot him missed the target . He should be rewarded for doing this.

    A Real Patriot Sunday, 17 February 2013 07:27 AM

    well, regime is right in saying that they got rid of other criminals but they are the main criminals and biggest mafia in this country. They will taste their own medicine soon.

    Shaik Anwar Ahamath Saturday, 16 February 2013 02:59 PM

    I didn't agree with everything Shauketally says but he deserves respect as a journalist. In the final analysis, we have only the journalists to fight our corner if this country becomes authoritative. There is very little chance the shooters would be caught because our crime fighters are not equipped to catch them. We have no CCTV cameras, no DNA profiling, no incentive, and most importantly no encouragements to the honest policeman in a demoralised police force

    renu Saturday, 16 February 2013 07:32 AM

    Lasantha was a bigger shot , Nothing happened though every one knows who was involved, This is a small fry nothing will happen

    Fernando Sunday, 17 February 2013 07:44 AM

    very true...government and their police will hide their ugly faces behind this excuse very easily and never try to bring the culprit or truth to the world , so who is at fault??

    Rata Haraka Saturday, 16 February 2013 07:40 AM

    How much longer will we, the people, stand for this crap?

    DCOL Sunday, 17 February 2013 08:10 AM

    Every time when we closer to the a UN, UNHRC or Common Wealth some prominent Journalist get attacked.

    So now don't tell me Govt shoot them to get a black spot when those events nearer.

    Interesting to see who (both internal and external) wants us to be isolated n these vents whether they have any connection to these shootings.

    Maha Rajanani Saturday, 16 February 2013 07:58 AM

    Criminal act, hope police will find the culprits alive for a FAIR TRAIL.

    Maha Rajanani Saturday, 16 February 2013 08:03 AM

    Who said death penalty is not practiced in SL?.

    meriil Saturday, 16 February 2013 04:09 PM

    Eva, Balawa.

    Freak Saturday, 16 February 2013 08:18 AM

    Where is media freedom???

    Ranil Saturday, 16 February 2013 02:12 AM

    Just another day in paradise

    straight record Sunday, 17 February 2013 09:01 AM

    A couple of articles on the Golden Key mess.

    hasan Saturday, 16 February 2013 08:31 AM

    This is why UN is going to beat SL in the next Geneva session....come on UN do it and keep these rulers tied...

    Fair N Square Saturday, 16 February 2013 08:35 AM

    WE have to wait until some people with a " Spine" bring in an uprising.. will it happen? I highly doubt...

    Sapumal Bandara Saturday, 16 February 2013 08:38 AM

    Totally agreed. But, who is capable of stopping this gun culture?

    kiwi Saturday, 16 February 2013 02:40 AM

    Free the country of the Independent Media - that's "Media Freedom" in Sri Lanka.

    Sapumal Bandara Saturday, 16 February 2013 08:42 AM

    Thank God! Sri Lankans are very very tolerant.

    Kaslana Saturday, 16 February 2013 04:51 PM

    "country becomes authoritative"? Shaik, which planet are you on?

    sweetend Sunday, 17 February 2013 09:25 AM

    Really ? What they call Freedom of the Press ?

    sweetend Sunday, 17 February 2013 09:31 AM

    Not really the government, but a minister is a good guess.

    Ranjit Saturday, 16 February 2013 02:42 AM

    We cannot blame the government for these shootings. Punchi

    Mimi Saturday, 16 February 2013 03:04 AM

    The violence against Journalist and free speech goes on.
    No one is arrested, no one is punished, and one by one those who speak out are silenced.

    Yet another day in our banana republic.

    Robert Croos Saturday, 16 February 2013 08:52 AM

    I am sure the government knows who is behind it

    Cobbler Saturday, 16 February 2013 08:56 AM

    He has shot himself. Police should investigate why he was at a Guest House at that time.

    malcom Saturday, 16 February 2013 03:07 AM

    this gun culture shoud be stopped

    Silva de Mervin Saturday, 16 February 2013 08:53 AM

    Has the Prez ordered the Police for an immediate probe?

    Oh, yer he did it seems!

    That means Police will sleep on it forever!

    TERRENCE Saturday, 16 February 2013 03:50 AM


    Ashjay Saturday, 16 February 2013 04:05 AM

    Chinthana Justice!

    Rohan1 Saturday, 16 February 2013 04:16 AM

    I strongly oppose the Graphics in the news item. Hurting a mediperson is NOT a crime in Sri Lanka. When was the last time anyone was punished for attacking a media person in Sri Lanka? We can start from Richard de Zoysa through Nimalarajan, Taraki, Relanki Selvarajah, Kuganathan, Lasantha, Prageeth (to name a very few) and this one.

    Anderezja Saturday, 16 February 2013 04:18 AM

    Let me guess.... "this is an International conspiracy to tarnish the image of the government"?

    Ann Saturday, 16 February 2013 04:24 AM

    This is becoming absurd....

    SL_EXPATS Saturday, 16 February 2013 04:49 AM

    I believe now the time has come to keep private gun to safe guard ourselves as how the other corrupted country's do..

    Andrew Pitugala Saturday, 16 February 2013 04:47 AM

    "Unidentified group", "white van", "corruption", "child abuse" are all part of the miracle of Asia.

    edward Saturday, 16 February 2013 10:31 AM

    good shot but miss by inches , he is a bad journalist deceiver the punishment

    galapitamada Saturday, 16 February 2013 10:33 AM

    yes definitely he has has shot himself to throw muck at mr and rw

    fair Saturday, 16 February 2013 12:00 AM

    he must have deserved it via DM Android App

    Fazli Saturday, 16 February 2013 04:59 AM

    nationalize all local medias, ban opening any form of private media sothat atleast we can save the lives of media personnel against such threats !

    Bavana John Saturday, 16 February 2013 05:02 AM

    It is government responsibility to maintain the law, provide Security for nation. They should arrest the people who did the job and take to court.

    lamaya Saturday, 16 February 2013 10:43 AM

    He is a owner of tourist he journalist .

    Agbo Karunaratne Saturday, 16 February 2013 05:08 AM

    Hazards of the Occupation .............. in Sri Lanka.

    dava Saturday, 16 February 2013 10:47 AM

    Attempted murder!!

    Need to be sentenced....... No need for anything less.

    This is becoming a land where they can't slaughter anyone they feel.
    Criminal regime..........with criminals being protected.

    wild Saturday, 16 February 2013 05:07 AM

    If you want to stop any Journalist being shot ? stop printing all news in sri lanka !! and print only 1 newspaper !!

    kautilya Saturday, 16 February 2013 10:57 AM

    Shot by Coal Thieves

    Lucky Weeramantry Saturday, 16 February 2013 11:01 AM

    Nothing To Say. Our Beautiful Country Is Going To The Dogs.

    Lucky Weeramantry Saturday, 16 February 2013 11:08 AM

    Must Have Been A Broken Affair.

    Lucky Weeramantry Saturday, 16 February 2013 11:10 AM

    Noi One Will Be Arrested, private Affair

    MR Saturday, 16 February 2013 11:14 AM

    I am sure this is not by Government, if its done by Government He must have been dead now. Shot to HEAD!!!

    RamUK Sunday, 17 February 2013 02:32 AM

    The result of private disputes conveniently blamed on the SL Govt?

    Rahmathullah M. H. Saturday, 16 February 2013 05:20 AM

    Sri-Lanka is no more a safe country for anyone. What the international community like UN would do? Another statement condemning the crime and nothing else. The present Government with all it's roots must be wiped out to ensure democracy in Sri-Lanka.

    RamUK Sunday, 17 February 2013 02:33 AM

    well said fair! let the other morons believe what they want.

    lastman Saturday, 16 February 2013 05:20 AM

    Required free gun culture

    Issa Saturday, 16 February 2013 05:21 AM

    This is the Miracle of Asia in Practice.

    Andy Saturday, 16 February 2013 05:30 AM

    how many journalist are missing. how many of them are killed.

    DHA Saturday, 16 February 2013 05:40 AM

    Am I the only person without a gun these days....???

    Shiffy Saturday, 16 February 2013 05:37 AM

    Time for Sri lankan spring? already too much corruption....

    Chams Saturday, 16 February 2013 11:55 AM

    Ladies and gentlemen - Welcome to Sri Lanka!

    don-k Saturday, 16 February 2013 12:10 PM

    this has nothing to do with racism. he must have been writing something that some people didn't like reading !

    perumal Saturday, 16 February 2013 12:21 PM

    Oh, no, it's not hell. It's the miracle in the making

    kiwi Saturday, 16 February 2013 12:34 PM

    Sri Lankans are now browbeaten to such an extent that they will never rise against any government.

    Ranga Saturday, 16 February 2013 12:39 PM

    Oh that's wrong!

    An investigation must be carried out to find out how the target missed and the culprits should be denied the promised rewards!!

    tony Saturday, 16 February 2013 06:20 AM

    Oh God. what is happening . Very recently the gov boasted that it got rid of criminals???? Sunday Leader team is always under threat

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