‘Newspapers that published doctored image of Lasantha should apologise’ | Daily News


Former Sunday Leader publisher condemns Rajapaksa era impunity

‘Newspapers that published doctored image of Lasantha should apologise’

Slain Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha Wickrematunge’s brother Lal Wickrematunge yesterday condemned two prominent newspapers for recently publishing a manipulated image of the assassinated Sunday Leader Editor and highlighted the prevalence of impunity for crimes against journalists under the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime.

“A doctored image recently published by two newspapers goes against all the principles of journalism. This act was very degrading, and I don’t know what action will be taken by the respective owner of that media organization. The organization hasn’t even given an apology, which makes it worse. This sort of journalism should be fully condemned. Whatever benefits the owners were seeking from this act, should turn the other way around,” the one-time founding publisher of the award-winning Sunday Leader newspaper declared.

When asked if there was any involvement in the published manipulated image from a prominent presidential candidate, he added: “It’s downright degrading whoever was behind this and influenced the newspaper. Whoever is involved has no principles. Journalists across the globe should condemn this act, and see that such acts don’t happen in the future.”

“Lasantha Wickrematunge was condemned in Sri Lanka, he was called a terrorist and a LTTE sympathizer, but abroad his work and contribution to journalism is widely accepted. This reflects very negatively on the country”.

Recently a journalist was attacked at a election campaign meeting when the presidential candidate was talking about media freedom, Wickrematunge noted, and said the presidential candidate should immediately condemn such harassment caused to journalists. “This goes to show how ill-mannered people can behave.” 

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