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Sri Lanka has moved to sixth place from fourth in the 2015 Global Impunity Index issued by the Committee to protect Journalists (CPJ).
 
The CPJ said in its report that the improvement due not to prosecutions-the island nation still maintains a perfect record of impunity in journalist slayings-but to the fact that no journalists have been murdered for their work since the end of civil war in 2009.

 So far, President Maithripala Sirisena, inaugurated in January this year, has demonstrated greater political will for justice than his predecessor, Mahinda Rajapaksa, under whose leadership nine media murders, including the five from this index period, took place.

In May, Sirisena pledged to reopen the investigations into journalists killed or disappeared during the last 30 years, naming the assassination of prominent editor Lasantha Wickramatunga and the disappearance of cartoonist Prageeth Eknelygoda as priority cases. Since then, at least seven army officers have been arrested in connection with Eknelygoda's case.

Wickramatunga's and all other killings remain unsolved.

Impunity Index Rating: 0.242 unsolved journalist murders per million inhabitants Last year: Ranked 4th with a rating of 0.443.



 
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  • Inquirer Friday, 09 October 2015 11:43 PM

    is this only applicaple to crimes against journalists?

    sss Sunday, 11 October 2015 06:26 AM

    That is corruption and law breaking. That include educated sector who got their education free as well

    xlntgson Sunday, 11 October 2015 10:18 AM

    Impugned. To pass the buck on the victim than the VIP perpetrator!

    ANTON Friday, 09 October 2015 04:48 PM

    I THOUGHT "GLOBAL IMPURITY INDEX"

    Nadeesha Friday, 09 October 2015 05:12 PM

    When it comes to politicians,our politicians rank first place in impunity index, always.

    Leo Saturday, 10 October 2015 02:51 PM

    So all those who think no end of MR do you accept what he did to journalists was good via DM Android App


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