Remembering Lasantha Wickrematunga five years later

Remembering Lasantha Wickrematunga five years later

Written by Bella Dalima

08 Jan, 2014 | 7:41 pm

A lethal blow was dealt to humanity, justice and the media freedom, five years ago today.

Lasantha Wickramatunge, was not only an accomplished journalist and politician, but also a humanitarian.

It is with pride that we remember how Lasantha Wickramatunge remained a friend to our network, through thick and thin. A guardian of the truth and a proponent of justice, Lasantha Wickramatunge founded The Sunday Leader newspaper with the intention of upholding and furthering these values.

They say the pen is mightier than the sword. In Lasantha’s case this was not a mere quotation to be bandied about but a code to live by.

Lasantha never faltered when it came to exposing criminals regardless of which social strata they hailed from. A voice against injustice, Lasantha opened new doors in investigative journalism, and inspired both his followers and critics. Two days before his untimely and cruel death, when the MTV/MBC studio complex in Depanama was attacked, Lasantha fearlessly raised his voice in condemnation.

Lasantha had to pay the ultimate price for the sacrifices he made for freedom and justice.

While headed to work like any other day, Lasantha Wickramatunge was attacked on the Dehiwela – Attidiya Road.

Lasantha’s fight for justice, did not and will not fade away despite his demise.

Five years to the day since Lasantha was taken from us, those responsible remain at large, the circumstances surrounding his assassination remain a mystery.

A special service was held at the General Cemetery in Borella on Wednesday in memory of the Late Lasantha Wickramatunge.

A large crowd including members of Lasantha’s family, friends, journalists and politicians who gathered at the General Cemetery in Borella, paid tribute to him.

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