The killing of Sri Lankan journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge last week was made more poignant with the release of a letter written prior to his death, in which he foretold his murder and reaffirmed his dedication to democracy and journalism despite the danger.
“When finally I am killed, it will be the government that kills me,” wrote Wickrematunge, formerly the editor of the independent newspaper The Sunday Leader. He had been attacked three times prior to the fatal shooting on Jan. 7, for which the government denies involvement.
Blogger “Nalaka Gunawardene” posts a tribute to the slain writer, urging others to keep questioning the Sri Lankan government.
The “Ramblings of a Mind” blog writes that Wickrematunge’s death was unacceptable, and that Sri Lankans can no longer afford apathy.
A writer at Sri Lankan citizen journalism portal “GroundViews” provides an overview of recent attacks on independent Sri Lankan media and worries for the country’s future.
Blogger “Yaacov” in Jerusalem compares the conflict in Sri Lanka to that in Gaza and discusses Wickrematunge’s bravery.
Blogger “Indrajit Samarajiva” writes from Sri Lanka about Wickrematunge’s funeral and accompanying protests.
Watch a video of Wickrematunge’s funeral, attended by more than 4,000 people, from YouTube user vikalpasl: