Killed media workers

Media workers killed in 2006

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1. Name: Subramaniam Sugirtharajan

Designation: Journalist

Assassinated on: 24 January 2006 in Trincomalee

Additional remarks: Worked as the Trincomalee correspondent for "Sudar Oli" newspaper. He was instrumental in exposing the involvement of Sri Lanka military in the execution style killing of five students in Trincomalee on the 02 of January 2006


2. Name: S. T. Gananathan

Designation: Patron - Tamil News and Information Centre

Assassinated on: 01 February 2006 in Jaffna

Additional remarks: He was shot dead in close proximity to a Sri Lankan Military camp at Mampalam Junction in Ariyalai, Jaffna.


3. Name: Bastian George Sagayathas (Suresh)

Designation: Media worker

Assassinated on: 03 May 2006 in Jaffna

Additional remarks: Worked as the Circulation Manager at Jaffna daily "Uthayan". Five armed men, suspected of belonging to the paramilitary EPDP, stormed the newspaper office on the world Press Freedom Day and fired at random, killing him along with another employee.


4. Name: Rajaratnam Ranjith Kumar

Designation: Media worker

Assasinated on: 03 May 2006 in Jaffna

Additional remarks: Worked as the Circulation Superviser at Jaffna daily "Uthayan". Five armed men, suspected of belonging to the paramilitary EPDP, stormed the newspaper office on the world Press Freedom Day and fired at random, killing him along with another employee.


5. Name: Sampath Lakmal de Silva

Designation: Journalist

Assassinated on: 02 July 2006 in Colombo

Additional remarks: Worked as a freelance defence correspondent for several Sinhala language newspapers including 'Irudina' - 'Lakbima' and 'Sathdina'. He was called out of his home and shot at point-blank range by a gunman suspected to be a member of Sri Lanka's Military Intelligence.


6. Name: Mariadasan Manojanraj

Designation: Media Worker

Assassinated on: 27 July 2006 in Jaffna

Additional remarks: A distributor of Tamil newspapers 'Yarl Thinakural' and 'Veerakesari' in Jaffna. Killed in a a claymore explosion while he was on his way to collect the newspapers.


7. Name: Sathasivam Baskaran

Designation: Media Worker

Assassinated on: 15 August 2006 in Jaffna

Additional remarks: Newspaper agent and a delivery driver attached to 'Uthayan' newspaper. Sri Lankan Army soldiers fired at the van and killed him at Puthur junction near Atchchuveli , Jaffna.


8. Name: Sinnathamby Sivamaharajah

Designation: Media owner

Assassinated on: 20 August 2006 in Jaffna

Additional remarks: Managing Director of Jaffna Tamil daily 'Namathu Eelanadu'. Shot dead inside his residence located in the Sri Lanka Army designated High Security Zone in Tellippalai, Jaffna.