Newspaper editor’s murderers still at large two years later

first_img July 29, 2020 Find out more Sunday Leader editor Lasantha Wickrematunga, a courageous, talented and iconoclastic journalist, was shot dead in Colombo by a death squad two years ago tomorrow. His murder is still unpunished.Reporters Without Borders is appalled by the fact that the Sri Lankan government is doing nothing to solve this murder and in fact is clearly preventing the truth from coming to light. By blocking the investigation and by fostering a climate of impunity and indifference, the government has become an accomplice. Wickrematunga’s murder dealt a major blow to media freedom in Sri Lanka.The press freedom organisation voices its support for the editor’s family and colleagues, including his widow, Sonali Samarasinghe, and his brother, Lal Wickrematunga, who are themselves journalists.“We urge President Mahinda Rajapaksa to launch an exhaustive criminal investigation by requesting the assistance of international experts, so that the person responsible for this horrible murder can be identified,” Reporters Without Borders said. Help by sharing this information News Sri Lanka: RSF signs joint statement on attacks against human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists January 7, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Newspaper editor’s murderers still at large two years later His brother, Lal Wickrematunga said: ” Lasantha was murdered two years ago and the investigation has not progressed beyond the perfunctory level. Although fingers have been pointed at Gen. Sarath Fonseka, the investigating arms seem to be waiting for a nod from politicians before making any significant moves. The arrests made thus far do not give the impression that an honest attempt is being made to find out who ordered the killing.More than 50 hearings have been held before a magistrate’s court and the police still seem to be drawing a blank. Although 15 military intelligence officers were held for a brief period, they were released with no explanation being given to court. If Sarath Fonseka was responsible, as political analysts believe, the government should have charged him for murder instead of using military courts martial to try him for relatively a minor offence compared with murder. Lasantha’s family does not believe that the investigation is being conducted with any real purpose and it may take a long time, and a change of government, to get to the bottom of this heinous crime.”Interviewed about the anniversary, a local investigative journalist told Reporters Without Borders: “It is sad and shocking to see that, although two years have elapsed, the government and law enforcement officers have still not been able to make any key arrests in Lasantha’s murder (…) All pleas by Lasantha’s editorial staff and his family for a thorough investigation seem to be falling on deaf ears.”The journalist added: “There has absolutely been no progress in Lasantha’s murder investigation and this is quite surprising as government ministers such as Mervyn Silva had publicly claimed that he knew who was responsible for Lasantha’s assassination but would not divulge it. If ministers can make public remarks of this sort, then it is only right for the authorities to question them and get to the bottom of who is responsible for Lasantha’s murder.”The editor’s family, friends and colleagues will gather at his tomb at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow to mark the second anniversary of his death.See the full statement of Sonali Samarasinghe, Lasantha Wickrematunga’s widow : http://en.rsf.org/sri-lanka-lasantha-wickrematunge-s-widow-and-07-01-201… News Sri Lanka: tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge Organisation RSF_en Sri LankaAsia – Pacific News Follow the news on Sri Lanka News Sri Lanka: Journalist manhandled by notorious police inspector currently on trial January 13, 2021 Find out more Sri LankaAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts to go further July 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Limerick businesses can no longer rely on UK markets, warns leading…

first_imgBrexit briefing told ‘never waste a crisis’ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Product development and new markets driving Enterprise Ireland investment One of Ireland’s leading businessmen, Denis Brosnan, has advised Limerick companies that are reliant on UK markets to start exploring business streams elsewhere.Answering questions for a short video shot at the recent inaugural Limerick Chamber Regional Leaders’ Programme event, Brosnan was in reflective mood as he discussed Brexit and offered advice to local start-ups.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The event was the launch of the Leaders’ Programme in partnership with Dell EMC and University of Limerick.  The programme will see five leadership talks delivered by regional and national business people to 150 participants signed up to the programme.In between the bi-monthly leadership talks, the 150 participants will participate in smaller groups with a mentor, who will be a senior leader from the region who will work with them to develop their leadership skills.Each group will receive a new mentor every two months, ensuring that they are exposed to many different leadership styles drawn for a broad range of sectors. Email Previous articleUHL takes two prizes at national awardsNext articleWin cinema tickets Editor Shannon link to Frankfurt is vital for regional development WhatsApp Facebook Twittercenter_img Linkedin Budget 2020, Brexit, and global economic issues discussed at Limerick Chamber event BusinessNewsLimerick businesses can no longer rely on UK markets, warns leading economistBy Editor – March 17, 2017 850 Limerick Post Show | August 23rd 2019 Advertisement Print TAGSBrexitDenis BrosnanLimerick Chamber Regional Leaders’ Programme Brexit contingency measures for airport last_img read more

DFB President says the German team won’t play in countries where women don’t have…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Spiegel/GettyAdvertisement ngt6bNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsmm0abWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eat4f( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) s7wWould you ever consider trying this?😱8el46Can your students do this? 🌚jf508Roller skating! Powered by Firework Football has always been standing strong in favour of equality of race, religion and gender. From UEFA’s ‘Say No to Racism’ campaign, to the movement against the pay gap for women footballers last year, and the very recent ‘No Room for Racism’ rising in the English Premier League- the demurral against discrimination is larger than ever. And now, the German Football Association have come forward with their own modus operandi.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Spiegel/GettyFritz Keller, the president of Deutscher Fußball-Bund (DFB), has openly stated that the German national team will not participate in any matches taking place in a country where women are not given equal rights.Speaking to German news outlet Die Welt, Keller said: “With German football we have to agree on a differentiated answer to complex questions. What values are not negotiable for us? For example, women’s rights.”Advertisement “That’s why in my first DFB Bureau meeting I submitted a draft resolution based on which we no longer allow national teams to play in countries where women are not granted equal access to football stadiums or other sports facilities without discrimination” the 62 year old added.Germany, who are currently competing in the 2020 UEFA Euro Qualifiers, are 2nd in Group C with 15 points, with their latest 3-0 voctory over Estonia in October. They will face Belarus in their next qualifier on 17th November.Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Leafs skills camp a success

first_imgBefore taking a job with Vernon Vipers of the BCHL, former Leaf coach Chris Shaw said he would run a hockey school for the Nelson Leafs.The former Leafs skipper delivered with the first ever Nelson Leafs Skills Development Hockey School. “We have about 40 kids,” Shaw said Thursday from the NDCC Arena during a break at the afternoon session of the younger players.This week long camp features on-ice and dryland activities daily. This is Shaw’s final official duty with the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League club. He leaves for Vernon to assume the assistant coaching position with the Vipers.Taking over for Shaw is former Leaf assistant coach Frank Maida.Nelson Leafs training camp is set for August 31 to September 3 at the NDCC [email protected]last_img read more

Castlegar sweeps Nelson right out of West Kootenay Bantam Rep Playoffs

first_imgSee earlier story:Klimchuk scores four to spark Castlegar past Nelson Bantam RepsKadrian Klimchuk scored four times and added one assist to lead Castlegar to a convincing 7-3 victory over Nelson in game one of the West Kootenay Minor Hockey Bantam Rep playoffs Saturday at the NDCC Arena in Nelson.Castlegar leads the first-team-to-four-points series 2-0 with game two Tuesday in the Sunflower City at 7 p.m. in the Arena Complex.Leading 2-1 after one period, it was all Klimchuk as the skillful sniper converted the natural hat-trick to increase the Castlegar lead to 5-3 after 40 minutes.Garrett Paterson, Kyle Chernenkoff and Shawn Campbell also scored for Castlegar.Replying for Nelson was Amit Bhabra, Everett Hicks and Taylor Cooper.Matthew Howes was in goal to register the win for Castlegar while Kurt Doyle took the loss for Nelson.Nelson finished ahead of Castlegar in league standings.If necessary, game three is scheduled for Nelson. Castlegar is going to the B.C. Hockey Bantam AAA Minor Hockey Championships.The Sunflower City squad booked its ticket to the Big Show Tuesday night in Castlegar with a 2-0 win over Nelson in the West Kootenay Minor Hockey Bantam Rep playoffs at the Arena Complex.Castlegar wins the first-team-to-four-points series 4-0.Castlegar, finishing behind Nelson in regular season standings, took the opener 7-3 Saturday in Nelson.Kadrian Klimchuk and Ellis Junker scored for Castlegar. Klimchuk finished the series with five goals.Castlegar now advances to the provincial championships March 17-21 in Dawson Creek.last_img read more