Frederica Jansz sacked

[TamilNet, Saturday, 22 September 2012, 12:50 GMT]
Frederica Jansz, the editor of one of the last remaining "outspokenly anti-government" English newspaper published in Colombo, was sacked by the new businessman owner when Jansz refused to "curb her style of writing and compromise her credibility," as demanded by the owner, BBC reported. Asanga Seneviratne who is an associate of Sri Lanka's President, Mahinda Rajapakse, had bought a 72% stake in the paper, and had asked Jansz to stop carrying articles critical of the Rajapaksas - several of whom occupy senior government positions, BBC reported.

The previous editor of the the Sunday Leader, Lasantha Wickrematunge, was assassinated three years ago, close to Sri Lanka military check points, but the killers have not been brought to justice yet.

The Sunday Leader has always been controversial in a country where most media censor themselves. Many fear an adverse government reaction from the government if they do not do so, the BBC commented in the article.

Recently Jansze had a public verbal, media battle with Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapakse, when the Sunday Leader carried a story accusing the Secretary of misusing Government property to fly a puppy for the Secretary in a Sri Lanka aircraft from Zurich.

Ms Jansz testified for the government against opposition politician Sarath Fonseka over the white flag incident where Fonseka accused the Government officials for complicity in killing LTTE members who surrendered to the Sri Lanka Army waving white flags.


Related Articles:
16.09.12   Sri Lanka in UN list of countries accused of intimidating cr..
20.11.11   Rajapakse's media fears spread from TamilNet to Sinhala oppo..
23.10.10   Tissainayagam speaks at 2010 Mackler Award ceremony
21.06.10   Intoxicating hubris
21.01.10   Eyewitness to Lasantha assassination located: SL Police
15.03.09   Gotabaya comments on "media freedom"
10.01.09   Lasantha killing, a savage assault on media independence - T..
29.05.05   Media colleagues pay tribute to Sivaram


External Links:
SL: International Condemnation On Gota
NYT: Violence Silences Voices of Sri Lankan Journalists
SL: The Arrogance of Power
TS: "You are pigs..."
BBC: Sri Lanka Sunday Leader editor Frederica Jansz sacked
IFJ: Sri Lankan Government Blocks TamilNet.com, as Minister Advocates its Demise
BBC: Top Sri Lankan editor shot dead
ST: Gag order on witness writing about trial

 

Latest 15 Reports
19.07.18 23:22   Photo
Skulls with bullet-like holes excavated in Mannaar mass grave, women and children among victims
18.07.18 19:21   Photo
Uprooted Mu'l'lik-ku'lam Tamils adopt Ira'nai-theevu approach, enter their lands seized by SL Navy
17.07.18 21:29   Photo
Colombo steps up shadow war against NPC Chief Minister Wigneswaran
16.07.18 22:48   Photo
SL Forest Department seizes agricultural lands of Eezham Tamils in Paduvaan-karai
15.07.18 19:14   Photo
Families of enforced disappeared vehemently oppose OMP sittings in North
14.07.18 19:35  
SL High Court in Vavuniyaa tricked again into postponing hearings on TPP case
13.07.18 23:20   Photo
NPC CM declines participation in Colombo's unilateral task force for so-called Development
12.07.18 12:22   Photo
Genocidal Sri Lanka seizes ancient coastal hamlet of Tamil-speaking aborigines in Trincomalee
11.07.18 18:20  
Collaborationist sections of TNA lose significance, Wigneswaran holds key to unified Tamil polity
10.07.18 21:53  
SL Military Intelligence recommences recruitment of notorious ex-paramilitary operatives
09.07.18 22:30   Photo
Antiquities Ordinance used to justify Sinhalicisation of 48 locations in Mullaiththeevu
08.07.18 19:06   Photo
TNPF protests against Colombo's move to militarise Jaffna Fort
07.07.18 19:56   Photo
SL Police in Champoor blocks remembrance of Tamils massacred by SL military
06.07.18 23:17  
Jaffna University silent to Colombo's pressure, motives behind Fort excavation questioned
05.07.18 23:49  
Tamils need native movements to confront Colombo-centric environmental exploitations
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=35590