Four years since the assassination of The Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha Wickrematunga, the so called “unidentified gunmen” are still free in society, the Free Media Movement (FMM) said in a statement today.
Wickrematunga was killed on January 8, 2009 while he was on his way to work from home.
FMM called on civil and political society to take the lead in abolishing the killer politics that create and foster murderers and the culture of impunity that allows killers to go scot-free.
“The murder of Lasantha Wickrematunga marked the symbolic climax of the unprecedented media suppression that prevailed in Sri Lanka during war time. Though, it has been four years since this murder, committed with the absolute intention of suppressing the media, his killers roam freely within society,” the FMM statement said.
The media rights group also said that the state sponsored culture of killing that claimed his life continues to terrorize society.
“The Government’s patronage culture of impunity allows not just the murderer of Lasantha Wickrematunga, but also hundreds of other murderers to roam free. In a society where the culture of the killing of human rights activists and journalists prevails, there is no place for dissent or political criticism,” FMM said.
FMM also said that the “unidentified gunman” who stalked two senior lawyers, Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe and Gunaratne Wanninayake, during the past few weeks, have now shot dead politician Hasitha Madawala.
“Today, the unidentified gunman has become powerful enough to stalk Judges, lawyers, journalists and any dissenter, with murderous intention. It is no secret to the people of this country why this unidentified gunman will never be arrested. In short, it is a state secret,” the FMM statement said. (Colombo Gazette)
A service of remembrance on the 4th death anniversary of the founding Editor of The Sunday Leader the late Lasantha Wickrematunge will be held at his gravesite at the Kanatte cemetery in Borella on Tuesday,
January 8 at 7.30 a.m