Killed media workers

Media workers killed/disappeared in 2007

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1. Name: S. Raveendran

Designation: Media worker

Assassinated on: 12 February 2007 in Jaffna

Additional remarks: Worked as a printing machine operator at Jaffna Tamil daily 'Namathu Eezhanadu'. Killed by unidentified gunmen who broke into his house located in Kopay, Jaffna.


2. Name: Subramaniam Ramachandran

Designation: Journalist

Disappeared on: 15 February 2007 in Jaffna

Additional remarks: Vadamaradchi region correspondent for two Tamil dailies, 'Yarl Thinakural' and 'Valampuri'. He was abducted by an armed group in heavily militarized Karaveddy in Vadamaradchi.


3. Name: Chandrabose Suthakar

Designation: Journalist

Assassinated on: 16 April 2007 in Vavunia

Additional remarks:  A regular contributor to many Tamil publications including Eelanatham, Veliccham, Eezhanadu, Nilam, Kalachuvadu and Veerakesari. Edited a handwritten magazine named 'Nilam' (The Ground). Killed by four unidentified gunmen who entered his house located in Thirunavatkulam, Vavunia.


4. Name: Selvarasah Rajeevarman

Designation: Journalist

Assassinated on: 29 April 2007 in Jaffna

Additional remarks: Worked as a trainee staff reporter for Jaffna Tamil daily 'Uthayan' and was formerly attached to 'Thinakkural' and 'Namathu Eezhanadu'. He was shot to death by assasins riding in a motorbike at Naavalar Road, Jaffna. 


5. Name: Sahadevan Nilakshan

Designation: Journalist

Assassinated on: 01 August 2007 in Jaffna

Additional remarks: A part time journalist and a media student at Jaffna University Media Research and Training Center. Worked as one of the editors of a popular student magazine published by Jaffna District Student Federation. Armed men riding a motorcycle opened fire killing him in front of his house.


6. Name: Anthonypillai Sherin Siththiranjan

Designation: Media Worker

Disappeared on: 05 November 2007 in Jaffna

Additional remarks: A newspaper delivery agent attached to Jaffna Tamil daily 'Yarl Thinakkural'. He went missing while on his way to distribute the newspapers. 


7. Name: Vadivelu Nirmalaraj

Designation: Media worker

Disappeared on: 17 November 2007 in Jaffna

Additional remarks: Worked as a proofreader for Jaffna Tamil daily 'Uthayan'. Went missing while on his way home after finishing his night shift at the newspaper office.


8. Name: Isaivizhi Chempian (Subhajini)

Designation: Journalist

Assassinated on: 27 November 2007 in Kilinochchi

Additional remarks: Worked as a radio presenter attached to Tamil rebel radio station 'Voice of Tigers'. Killed when the radio station came under a deadly attack by Sri Lankan Air Force, which was  condemned by the UNESCO and the Reporters Without Borders.


9. Name: Suresh Limbiyo

Designation: Media worker

Assassinated on: 27 November 2007 in Kilinochchi

Additional remarks: A technical desk officer at Tamil rebel radio station 'Voice of Tigers'. Killed when the radio station came under a deadly attack by Sri Lankan Air Force, which was  condemned by the UNESCO and the Reporters Without Borders.


10. Name: T.Tharmalingam

Designation: Media worker

Assassinated on: 27 November 2007 in Kilinochchi

Additional remarks: Worked attached to Tamil rebel radio station 'Voice of Tigers'. Killed when the radio station came under a deadly attack by Sri Lankan Air Force, which was  condemned by the UNESCO and the Reporters Without Borders.


11. Name: W.Gunasinghe

Desingnation: Journalist

Aassassinated on: 05 December 2007 in Kebithigollewa

Additional remarks: Worked as a provincial correspondent for Sinhala daily 'Divaina'. Killed by a roadside bomb attack on a passenger bus in Kebithigollewa, in the north-central province. The bombing was believed to have been the work of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

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