It's hard being a journalist in Sri Lanka
May 1, 2007 7:10 AM   Subscribe

"The people who murder journalists in Sri Lanka feel so well protected that they carry out fresh murders to mark the anniversaries of their preceding ones."
posted by chunking express (17 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The quote is from the article linked as "fresh murders". The stories I linked to a just a handful of examples of what is going on in Sri Lanka now.
posted by chunking express at 7:13 AM on May 1, 2007

Thanks for the post chunking express.
From goldfish-attention-span reading of international news, I had somehow formed the impression that things were taking a turn for the better in Sri Lanka, but this is depressing and grim.
posted by Abiezer at 7:43 AM on May 1, 2007

[fixed the fpp link]
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 7:52 AM on May 1, 2007

For those interested, TamilNet has a longer profile on Sivaram Dharmeratnam's life. He was a senior editor at the publication.

And Abiezer, things are definitely getting worse there. Journalists aside, there are murders and kidnappings happening everyday it would seem.
posted by chunking express at 8:03 AM on May 1, 2007

Related: The Tamil Tigers are now conducting aerial bombing raids using their own homebrew airforce
posted by Burhanistan at 8:20 AM on May 1, 2007


Give to reporters without borders if you can.
posted by lalochezia at 8:25 AM on May 1, 2007

I add my thanks for the post. Poor Sri Lanka.
posted by languagehat at 8:33 AM on May 1, 2007

TamilNet? Are you f'n kidding? thats like saying "Get the scoop on Israel from Hamas." The tamils are soaking in murderous blood.
posted by damn dirty ape at 9:10 AM on May 1, 2007

Abiezer, it's an easy enough mistake to make...up until fairly recently, things were getting better there. I got married there at the end of December and apparently got out just before the shit started hitting the fan.
posted by JaredSeth at 9:12 AM on May 1, 2007

(For those who don't know, TamilNet is a pro-LTTE site; though they deny this, it's pretty clear what their stance is.)
posted by chunking express at 9:16 AM on May 1, 2007

"Nobdody's right if everyone's wrong"
posted by Burhanistan at 9:22 AM on May 1, 2007

Thanks for the post.

People suck.
posted by rtha at 9:22 AM on May 1, 2007

[the go fuck yourself talk needs to go to email or metatalk]
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 9:34 AM on May 1, 2007

Why do journalists go to places like Sri Lanka or Afghanistan or Iraq where they know there's people there who will kill them? They should go places where death is not so high on the list of possible outcomes. I hear Kansas is very nice this time of year, and by now something interesting might be going on in Branson Missouri. ..okay forget Branson.

I tend to avoid going any place where I think someone may want to kill me. ...I don't get out a lot.
posted by ZachsMind at 9:40 AM on May 1, 2007 [1 favorite]

Because they have balls, use them, and try to let passive ball-less peons living in comfy parts of the world that all is not well and needs attending to.
posted by Burhanistan at 10:01 AM on May 1, 2007

Hey, ZachsMind, things are hopping here in Branson, Missouri. We have country music, and... well... more country music. Charo is coming to town, too. Whee.
posted by shinynewnick at 11:50 AM on May 1, 2007

In Soviet Branson, comedian kills you!
posted by dirigibleman at 1:04 AM on May 2, 2007

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