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 Post subject: Letter from the Editor: Sri Lankan edition
PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2013 2:08 pm 
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http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/s ... m-the.html

The New Yorker wrote:
Last Thursday, Lasantha Wickramatunga, who was fifty-two years old and the editor of a Sri Lankan newspaper called the Sunday Leader, was assassinated on his way to work by two gunmen riding motorcycles. The Leader’s investigative reporting had been fiercely critical of the government and of the conduct of its war against Tamil separatists; Wickramatunga had been attacked before. He knew that he was likely to be murdered and so he wrote an essay with instructions that it be published only after his own death. Some mutual friends in the region sent a copy to me today. Read it in full below. It is like nothing else you will read today, that I promise.


The Late Ed-in-Chief wrote:
Neither should our distaste for the war be interpreted to mean that we support the Tigers. The LTTE are among the most ruthless and bloodthirsty organizations ever to have infested the planet. There is no gainsaying that it must be eradicated. But to do so by violating the rights of Tamil citizens, bombing and shooting them mercilessly, is not only wrong but shames the Sinhalese, whose claim to be custodians of the dhamma is forever called into question by this savagery, much of which is unknown to the public because of censorship.

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 Post subject: Re: Letter from the Editor: Sri Lankan edition
PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2013 2:17 pm 
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It's an amazing letter. I feel like I should point out that this happened in 2009.


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 Post subject: Re: Letter from the Editor: Sri Lankan edition
PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2013 2:20 pm 
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I am happy you did. I picked it up from a Hacker newsfeed I follow, and just assumed the letter had been written years ago and not updated. I didn't even notice that the article was also posted in 2009. Thanks for pointing that out!

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