A book on the life and work of slain Sri Lankan Editor and journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge was launched today.
The biography, titled “And Then They Came For Me’ is written by Wickrematunge’s ex-wife, journalist Raine Wickrematunge and captures in vivid detail his life story beginning with his early life, his entry into journalism, his political work, the triumphs and tragedies of the Sunday Leader journey, his brilliant investigative work and the many trials and tribulations he and his newspaper faced, ending with his murder in January 2009. The book is also full of touching, funny and sometimes hilarious anecdotes from his personal and professional life that throw light on the man behind the public persona.
Executive Director of the International Press Institute Alison Bethel McKenzie has said in her foreword to the book, “The memory of Lasantha, who was the editor of Sri Lanka’s pioneering Sunday Leader newspaper, has been burned into the minds of his colleagues around the world not only for his commitment to exposing corruption and laying bare the truth behind the actions of Sri Lanka’s government, but the circumstances surrounding his death.
“Who better to write this fitting tribute than Lasantha’s ex-wife Raine Wickrematunge, a journalist in her own right? A wonderful writer, the book is filled with details and nuances of Lasantha’s life. It is a book too long in the making and is a must-read for anyone aspiring to journalism or anyone disillusioned about having chosen this most noble of professions…”
On May 3 each year, UNESCO marks World Press Freedom Day and the release of the book in the month of May, the author says, is a fitting tribute to Wickrematunge who championed the cause of a free press in Sri Lanka.
Published by AuthorHouse and priced at £11.95 (e-book £7.95), ‘And Then They Came For Me’ is available for purchase from http://g.ua/W8rp (AuthorHouse site) or from http://amzn.to/10EtSjt (the Amazon online bookstore).