Photo by Abdul-Halik Azeez

Journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge‘s murder on 8th January 2009 was utterly horrible and yet, even more unforgettable was the Rajapaksa government’s reaction to it. Lasantha’s last editorial, published posthumously, didn’t mince words.

It is well known that I was on two occasions brutally assaulted, while on another my house was sprayed with machine-gun fire. Despite the government’s sanctimonious assurances, there was never a serious police inquiry into the perpetrators of these attacks, and the attackers were never apprehended.

In all these cases, I have reason to believe the attacks were inspired by the government. When finally I am killed, it will be the government that kills me.

Six years on, his killers remain at large.

To commemorate Lasantha’s death, Groundviews, in collaboration with The Picture Press and supported by Sri Lankans Without Borders, is pleased to release a set of three compelling investigative photo-essays, looking at Sri Lanka’s religious diversity as well as flagging to what extent it is under threat today.

As noted in the introduction to each photo essay, this content is “a tribute to a journalist whose brutal murder has impoverished us all, irrespective of whether we agreed with him or not… and also a tribute to Sri Lanka as it has always been and must continue to be – a rich, diverse, multi-religious and multi-ethnic society.”

Click on the link to access each essay:

The photo essays use Microsoft’s new Sway platform, which is completely responsive and tailors the content to whatever browser you are viewing it from, from desktop to mobile.

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  • KayZeeli

    While I do subscribe to the fact that Lasantha killin will have to be investigated, criminals should be brought to justice. This is no different of the same level as the innocent person that was killed in a hair salon in Ratmalana few months a go. Both should get equal attention and justice.

    In the case of Lasantha, many people try to create a idealist journalist, a person that is paragon of virtue in media. But we have to remember who he was and give him the due place in the history, no more, no less.

    In my opinion Lasantha and his editorship of sunday leader was an example of slimy, scum of the journalism. He did everything to sensationalise the stories to sell newspapers. How many times sunday leader was proven wrong, and found not adhering to journalistics norms during his tenure at the helm of this news paper. If he was living no one would have any respect to him as a journalist. Fortunately for Lasantha and some NGO executives he was killed. giving the opportunity to create a hero out of another corrupt journalist and helping few NGO executives to drum up the “Press freedom” to get few more donations from around the world.