Prominent Sri Lankan editor sacked
Colombo: The editor of a prominent Sri Lankan daily, known for its anti-government stance, claimed on Friday that she has been sacked after resisting pressure to stop printing reports adverse to the government.
Frederica Jansz, the editor of Sunday Leader, said the new publishers of the paper were mounting pressure on her not to feature articles attacking the government.
It was in an interview with Jansz that former Army Chief Sarath Fonseka had alleged that Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa had given orders to eliminate LTTE cadres who had shown white flags to the military with an inclination to surrender.
Jans was slapped with a defamation suit by Gotabhaya Rajapaksa in connection with the interview.
The paper`s management sources said the ownership of the paper had changed hands during the last few weeks.
Jansz told reporters today that she was asked by the new owners of the publishing company not to report anything adverse of the government.
She diagreed and this resulted in her termination.
The paper founded in 1995 has been known for its pro-opposition stance and its relentless exposes.
Sunday Leader`s founder editor and Jansz`s predecessor Lasantha Wickrematunga was murdered by an unknown gang in 2009.
He was way laid on his way to office and died of serious head injuries upon being attacked.
Fonseka was convicted for the offence of endangering national security due to comments made in an interview with Jansz.
Media freedom has increasingly come under attack in Sri Lanka in recent years with the media reporting police raids on websites and death threats to journalists.
Download the all new Zee News app for Android and iOS to stay up to date with latest headlines and news stories in Politics, Entertainment, Sports, Technology, Business and much more from India and around the world.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Entire Indian force can't defend Kashmir from terrorists: Farooq Abdullah
- Woman cop transferred within 24 hours of spat with Haryana minister Anil Vij
- It's a reality, Muslim youths from South India more attracted to ISIS: Kiren Rijiju
- PM Narendra Modi meets journalists at Diwali Milan
- A good beginning: Govt on meet between PM Modi, Sonia over GST Bill