Killed media workers

Media workers killed in 2004

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1. Name: Aiyathurai Nadesan

Designation: Journalist

Assassinated on: 31 May 2004 in Batticaloa.

Additional remarks: He was the Vice-President of the Sri Lanka Tamil Media Alliance and worked as a columnist for "Veerakesari" Newspaper. The Human Rights Watch blamed the Karuna group - a state backed para-military  - for the assassination, in their 2005 World Report.


2. Name: Kandasamy Aiyer Balanadarajah

Designation: Journalist/Political activist

Assassinated on: 16 August 2004 in Colombo.

Additional remarks: Worked as the Media Secretary of the paramilitary group Eelam People's Democratic Party (EPDP), apart from working for the group's official newspaper "Thinamurasu". Gunned down by men believed to be members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. (LTTE)


3. Name: Lanka Jayasundera

Designation: Journalist

Assassinated on: 11 December 2004 in Colombo.

Additional remarks: Worked as a photo journalist attached to Vijaya Newspapers. He was killed when a hand-held bomb detonated at a musical concert in Colombo's former Race Course open air stadium. The attack was widely suspected to be the handiwork of the Sinhala extremist elements close to rightwing political outfit Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU).


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