20 May, 2022


Sri Lanka Ranked Fourth In Newly Updated Impunity Index

Sri Lanka is ranked fourth in newly updated Impunity Index after Iraq, Somalia, and the Philippines. Committee to Protect Journalists today published its newly updated Index.

Elisabeth Witchel

Elisabeth Witchel

“Though Sri Lanka’s civil war ended nearly five years ago, the government of Mahinda Rajapaksa has shown no political will to address its record of perfect impunity in the nine murders of journalists that have taken place under his leadership, first as prime minister and then as president. Government and military officials are suspected to be behind several of the murders, including the 2009 assassination of prominent editor Lasantha Wikramatunga, known for his critical reporting, and the nearly 10-year-old shooting of Aiyathurai Nadesan, penname Nellai G. Nadesan, an award-winning journalist who was threatened before his death in response to his reporting about the army. Impunity in Sri Lanka is a major factor behind high numbers of journalists going into exile, according to CPJ research.” said the Committee to Protect Journalists’ Impunity Campaign Consultant, Elisabeth Witchel.

We published below the 13 countries where at least five journalists have been murdered without a single perpetrator being convicted. The index covers murders that took place in the years 2004-2013.


With 100 journalists murdered in the last decade and 100 percent impunity, Iraq is the worst offender on the Impunity Index, a spot it has held since 2008, when CPJ first compiled the index. Nine new murders in late 2013 amid a resurgence of militant groups broke a two-year quiescence in fatal anti-press violence. Three of the victims, plus two media workers, were killed in a single attack when armed militants bombed and stormed Salaheddin TV station in Tikrit on December 23. Al-Qaeda affiliate Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the attack, according to news reports accusing it of warring against the Sunni people.

Impunity Index Rating: 3.067 unsolved journalist murders per million inhabitants
Last year: Ranked 1st with a rating of 2.818

2 Somalia

Somalia’s rating worsened for the sixth year in a row. Though anti-press violence ebbed slightly from its record high in 2012, journalists continue to be targeted at chilling levels, as four new murders took place in 2013. They include broadcast journalist Mohamed Ibrahim Raage. Nicknamed “Honest,” Mohamed was shot by gunmen in Mogadishu outside his home. He had fled Somali in 2009 but had recently returned. Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud pledged to address the horrific situation for journalists in Somalia with a special task force, but little has come of it. Out of 27 cases of journalists assassinated in Somalia since 2005, only one resulted in a conviction, as authorities executed a suspect in the 2012 murder of Hassan Yusuf Absuge. But lack of due process in the case led many to view the development with concern.

Impunity Index Rating: 2.549 unsolved journalist murders per million inhabitants
Last year: Ranked 2nd with a rating of 2.396

3 The Philippines

Last year’s conviction of a gunman who shot broadcast investigative journalist Gerardo Ortega in 2011 was a welcome development but did little to change the rampant impunity in the Philippines, which has held the third worst spot on the index since 2010. More than 50 journalist murders that took place from 2004 through 2013 remain unsolved, belying theclaim made in November 2013 by the office of President Benigno Aquino III that “there is no more impunity” in the Philippines. The victims include 32 journalists massacred in Ampatuan Town, Maguindanao, in 2009 and freelance photographer Mario Sy, one of three journalists gunned down last year. Sy was shot in front of his wife and daughter following publication of a series of photos on drug trafficking.

Impunity Index Rating: 0.527 unsolved journalist murders per million inhabitants
Last year: Ranked 3rd with a rating of 0.580

4 Sri Lanka

Though Sri Lanka’s civil war ended nearly five years ago, the government of Mahinda Rajapaksa has shown no political will to address its record of perfect impunity in the nine murders of journalists that have taken place under his leadership, first as prime minister and then as president. Government and military officials are suspected to be behind several of the murders, including the 2009 assassination of prominent editor Lasantha Wikramatunga, known for his critical reporting, and the nearly 10-year-old shooting of Aiyathurai Nadesan, penname Nellai G. Nadesan, an award-winning journalist who was threatened before his death in response to his reporting about the army. Impunity in Sri Lanka is a major factor behind high numbers of journalists going into exile, according to CPJ research.

Impunity Index Rating: 0.443 unsolved journalist murders per million inhabitants
Last year: Ranked 4th with a rating of 0.431

5 Syria

Embattled Syria joined the Index for the first time this year. More than 60 media fatalities by crossfire and dangerous assignment and unprecedented numbers of abductions have marked Syria as the most dangerous country in the world for the media, and now deliberate murder adds a chilling new threat to the mix. At least seven journalists have been fatally targeted in Syria since 2012, all with complete impunity. The perpetrators come from all sides—non-Syrian Islamist militant groups, rebels targeting pro-government media, and President Bashar al-Assad’s forces. Victims include reporters for citizen media outlets like Abdel Karim al-Oqda, a contributor to Shaam News Network, a Damascus-based citizen news organization that has posted tens of thousands of videos documenting the unrest since the uprising began in March 2011. Al-Oqda died when security forces burned his home in retaliation for his coverage of the unrest.

Impunity Index Rating: 0.313 unsolved journalist murders per million inhabitants
Last year: Syria was not on the 2013 Index

6 Afghanistan

Afghanistan retains its sixth-place ranking on the index. No perpetrators have been held responsible in any of the five targeted killings that took place in the decade covered by this year’s Index. More than seven years passed without a journalist being murdered in Afghanistan, although violence increased in 2014. Afghanistan is one of the few countries where fatalities among foreign journalists are higher than for local journalists.

Impunity Index Rating: 0.168 unsolved journalist murders per million inhabitants
Last year: Ranked 6th with a rating of 0.142

7 Mexico

Justice continued to evade Mexican journalists who face unrelenting violence for reporting on crime and corruption. Sixteen journalists were murdered with complete impunity during the decade and another in 2014. The only relief came last April with the approval of legislationthat implements a constitutional amendment giving federal authorities in Mexico broader jurisdiction to prosecute crimes against journalists. The legislation establishes accountability at senior levels of the national government, evading the more corrupt and less effective state law enforcement officials. But critics say the special prosecutor’s office designated to handle such investigations has been slow to exercise its new powers. A botched prosecution in the case of Regina Martínez Pérez, and the dismissal of charges against one of the gunmen implicated in the 1997 assassination attempt against Zeta magazine editor J. Jesús Blancornelas, further fueled concerns that the administration of President Enrique Peña Nieto is not up to the task of breaking Mexico’s cycle of impunity and violence.

Impunity Index Rating: 0.132 unsolved journalist murders per million inhabitants
Last year: Ranked 7th with a rating of 0.131

8 Colombia

Colombia moved from fifth to eighth place on CPJ’s Index. This progress has less to do with justice—no one has been convicted of killing a journalist since 2009, when three former public officials were sentenced for plotting the 2003 murder of Colombian radio commentator José Emeterio Rivas—than with an overall decline in fatal anti-press violence. Problems such as overburdened prosecutors, a lack of information sharing, mishandling of evidence, and malfeasance by judicial officials can delay criminal investigations for years, leaving many families in despair as cases reach their 20-year statute of limitations. Failure to prosecute is proving a threat to the country’s fragile improvement in security. The 2013 murder of Édison Alberto Molina broke a three-year hiatus in journalist murders. Molina was shot dead as he headed home from the radio station where he worked. A week before he was killed, Molina, who often took government officials to task for corruption on his radio program, received a plastic bag filled with black dirt and unidentified bones.

Impunity Index Rating: 0.126 unsolved journalist murders per million inhabitants
Last year: Ranked 5th with a rating of 0.171

9 Pakistan

Pakistan showed a modest improvement on the Index this year, buoyed by the recent convictions of six men for the assassination of Wali Khan Babar. However, with two convicts still at large and no official identification of the mastermind, justice is far from complete. A hard-won watershed—at least five people linked to the case were also murdered, including witnesses, informants, and investigators—the case has opened the door to possible prosecutions in other unsolved murders. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif told a CPJ mission thatvisited in March 2014 that he would consider implementing a wide range of measures based on lessons learned in Babar’s case, including moving trial venues to safer locations and appointing special prosecutors to ensure justice in more than 20 journalist murders CPJ has recorded over the last decade. In the meantime, perpetrators of violent attacks against journalists, who range from banned militant groups like the Taliban to political groups, use unchecked violence against journalists to censor and control coverage.

Impunity Index Rating: 0.123 unsolved journalist murders per million inhabitants
Last year: Ranked 8th with a rating of 0.130

10 Russia

Despite a mild improvement in its Index ranking and a key conviction, impunity still afflicts the media landscape in Russia, where no perpetrators in 14 murders over the Index period have been put behind bars. Last year, the conviction and sentencing of a Russian businessman, the sixth suspect in the case to be prosecuted, for inciting the 2000 murder of Igor Domnikov, was a welcome advancement, though other masterminds behind the crime have yet to be brought to justice. In a less positive development, the retrial of several suspects in the 2006 murder of Novaya Gazeta journalist Anna Politkovskaya proceeded in fits and starts, while the prosecution made no progress in netting whoever commissioned the murder. Two journalists died last year due to fatal assaults. Dagestan-based editorAkhmednabi Akhmednabiyev was shot from a car, and crusading environmental journalistMikhail Beketov succumbed to injuries he sustained in 2008 when thugs beat him into a coma. Not a single person was arrested for the assault against Beketov, despite a personal promise by Vladimir Putin to bring the attackers to justice.

Impunity Index Rating: 0.098 unsolved journalist murders per million inhabitants
Last year: Ranked 9th with a rating of 0.099

11 Brazil

In recent years, Brazil’s standing on the Index has volleyed up and down as sporadic but significant progress in prosecuting journalists’ killers weighed against new killings. Last year, convictions were won in three cases. In a groundbreaking move, courts sentenced the mastermind behind the 2002 murder of Domingos Sávio Brandão Lima Júnior, owner, publisher, and columnist for a daily paper known for coverage of organized crime, making this one of the few cases worldwide to meet with complete justice. But new violent acts against the press undermine this progress. In 2013, three journalists were murdered in retaliation for their work. Brazil’s government has pledged to address its high rate of impunity and embraced new measures, such as proposed legislation that gives federal police jurisdiction to investigate crimes against journalists when there is evidence of lapses or incompetence at the state level. How fully these will be adopted and implemented over the next year will be a litmus test for the government’s political will to up the fight for justice beyond rhetoric.

Impunity Index Rating: 0.045 unsolved journalist murders per million inhabitants
Last year: Ranked 10th with a rating of 0.046

12 Nigeria

A steady rise in unsolved murders in recent years landed Nigeria on CPJ’s Impunity Index for the second year in a row. Since 2009, five Nigerian journalists have been targeted and killed while no perpetrators have been brought to book. The administration of President Goodluck Jonathan has shown no resolve to improve its rate of justice in media killings, insteaddownplaying CPJ’s Index findings. A presidential spokesman told one daily newspaper that the survey “promotes sensationalism, rather than the truth” and is “not a true reflection of journalists in the country.” He blamed journalist deaths on the crossfire of Boko Haram activities in the North. Militant groups like Boko Haram are indeed responsible for many journalist fatalities in Nigeria, but not all. News editor Bayo Ohu was shot at his front door by six unknown assailants in retaliation, colleagues believe, for his reporting on local politics. Nigeria is second only to Somalia in terms of Africa’s worst record on unpunished journalist murders.

Impunity Index Rating: 0.030 unsolved journalist murders per million inhabitants
Last year: Ranked 11th with a rating of 0.031

13 India

The world’s largest democracy’s repeated failure to advance justice in the killings of its journalists has kept it on CPJ’s Index since the survey started in 2008. At least seven journalists, all working for local print publications and reporting on corruption, politics, or crime, have been slain in connection to their work in the last decade, with state responses rarely going beyond a perfunctory police investigation. Two journalists were murdered with impunity in 2013. They include Narendra Dabholkar, shot by two gunmen on motorcycles as he took an early morning walk in August. Dabholkar had received threats in the days before his murder and often published articles on sensitive issues including student suicides, farmer suicides, slums, and India’s Maoist movement.

Impunity Index Rating: 0.006 unsolved journalist murders per million inhabitants
Last year: Ranked 12th with a rating of 0.005


CPJ’s Impunity Index calculates the number of unsolved journalist murders as a percentage of each country’s population. For this index, CPJ examined journalist murders that occurred between January 1, 2004, and December 31, 2013, and that remain unsolved. Only those nations with five or more unsolved cases are included on this index.

CPJ defines murder as a deliberate attack against a specific journalist in relation to the victim’s work. Murders make up nearly 70 percent of work-related deaths among journalists, according to CPJ research. This index does not include cases of journalists killed in combat or while carrying out dangerous assignments such as coverage of street protests.

Cases are considered unsolved when no convictions have been obtained. Population data from the World Bank’s 2012 World Development Indicators were used in calculating each country’s rating.

Among the other findings in CPJ’s Impunity Index:

  • 96 percent of victims are local reporters. The majority covered politics, corruption, and war in their home countries.
  • A climate of impunity engenders violence. In eight countries that appear repeatedly on the Index year after year, new murders took place in 2013.
  • Threats often precede killings. In at least four out of every 10 journalist murders, the victims reported receiving threats before they were killed.
  • Killers of journalists aim to send a chilling message to the entire news media. Almost a third of murdered journalists were either taken captive or tortured before their death.
  • 10 of the 13 countries on the Impunity Index have been listed each year since CPJ began the annual analysis in 2008, underscoring the challenges in reversing entrenched impunity.
  • Political groups, including armed factions, are the suspected perpetrators in more than 40 percent of murder cases. Government and military officials are considered the leading suspects in 26 percent of the cases. In fewer than five percent of cases are the masterminds ever apprehended and prosecuted.

For a detailed explanation of CPJ’s methodology, click here.

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  • 16

    Sri Lanka almost reach their milestone ‘Miracle of Asia ‘

    • 14

      Sri Lanka, a land like no other:

      Ruled by liars sponsoring terrorist monks, white van torture and murder squads; state abetted rape of Tamil women, truly a land of impunity.

      Foreign tourist women are raped, and at times murdered with impunity.

      Mosques, churches and Hindu temples attacked/destroyed with no legal action taken.

      Judges outsource cases of attacks on religious places to be settled with the accused out of court: Culprits go Scot free!

      It is a miracle it still survives as a state, a failed, rogue one at that!

      • 0

        Thiru, you have covered all bases in this succinct take. The present sorry state of affairs shall remain as long as the good and the great take cover behind the sari potta and stay silent in self-preservation. The current crop of mainstream journalists are fully aware of the limits they can go to without overstepping that invisible line that will bring them into disfavour with you-know-who. Any shit eating pig will be read the riot act and allowed a chance to relocate to wherever will have them… or else. As you may know, in our ancient culture it is well known for proxies to supply solutions that will eradicate anyone who would irk their lords and masters. The top branches need never know what the grubby roots are getting up to.

    • 5

      Mohamed Fazaal,

      There we rank at the top again. Not for the first time. Will not be the last time either.

      We always strive be at the top. Inspired by our world class Cricketers.

      Topping all sorts of dubious rankings is a matter of national pride for us. The dumb & stupid Sri Lankans.


      PS: Suba Anagathayak!

    • 12

      I agree, damn Iraq and Philippines, if only we could beat them, then we will be the “wonder of Asia” :-)

      • 5


        “I agree, damn Iraq and Philippines, if only we could beat them, then we will be the “wonder of Asia””

        You will have to have a serious word or two with Abhaya and Banda who are supposed to be the self appointed cheerleaders of this country.

        They have had the opportunity to make this island famous for the wrong reasons. They bombed it in this contest.

        • 3

          Not only Abhaya and Banda , I can think of several others who are cheerleader of our king and his court full of jesters !

        • 4

          Not to worry Sinhala Buddhist [Edited out] will take it to No 1 soon.
          I wish them well…

    • 3

      Sri Lanka’s friends are competing each other.

  • 3

    Murder is the ultimate, permanent censorship – now perfected by the most ruthless regimes on earth.
    This index is also a measure of a country’s response to blatant injustice.
    It is also an index of totalitarianism.

  • 2

    what an achievement ! what a sorry state !

  • 0

    Sri Lanka was a dangerous place for politicians until the racist, terrorist LTTE was anhilated by the state military. Strange journos never picked up that fact. Perhaps their egos got in the way. Sri Lanka is now peaceful and prospering but rewards are few for publicing that. There are ways and means to control the press in the West and their journos know that they have to tow the line. It is easy picking on Sri Lanka and rewards are good for doing that at present.

    • 1

      You live in a Sinhala supremacist world where up is down and down is up, because only a Sinhala supremacist who approves of the genocide against Tamils would claim Sri Lanka is at peace.

      • 0

        Where were you when racists Chelva, Ponna, Sunda and VP were preaching hatred against the Sinhalese and genocidal racist LTTE were killing the Sinhalese. some Tamils chose to go to war and those idiots suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of the Sri Lankan forces. Now, the losers are dreaming of revenge, but they want the international community to do their dirty work. Dream on loser!
        (there is peace now, join hands with the progressive forces, develop the country for all. Tamil hatred for the Sinhalese will get you nowhere. You can take a leaky boat, but nobody wants you)

  • 3

    “Sri Lanka is ranked fourth in newly updated Impunity Index after Iraq, Somalia, and the Philippines. Committee to Protect Journalists today published its newly updated Index.”

    What are the ADDITIONAL steps Sri needs to take to be ranked #1.

    • 2

      Amarasiri, I am disappointed with this ranking. How can we be ranked 4th when we are ranked no:1 in 20/20. To answer your question, what we need to do to achieve the no:1 ranking is white van Rajpal and Malinda, the only two journalists left who write whatever they like.

  • 3

    So people, please keep writing… the truth I mean. At least you will meet your Maker much sooner…

    • 1

      muhammed Fazl

      “So people, please keep writing… the truth I mean. At least you will meet your Maker much sooner…”

      Can you give support and acceptable evidence, including reason for the above statement.

      Buddhists and Hindus say, they are recycled or reborn.

      The Abrahamic religions promise Eternal Hell or Eternal Heaven.

      These promises are contradicting each other.

  • 1

    I don’t see the US ranked No.1, or the UK anywhere.

    They are known to have carried out the greatest of all the crimes as defined at Neurenberg, in the recent years. Today they are still at in in Africa, without any kind of UN authorisation. This list therefore has NO validity in the eyes of the world.

    • 1

      For decades you supporters of Sinhala Nationalism sure had no issue cosying up to the US and begging their help to defeat LTTE but now you suddenly feel the need to lecture to everyone on what the US did.

  • 1

    come on , this can’t be , all these international organizations are working with LTTE rump and want tarnish our country’s & our king’s image, please sue them !

  • 5

    Come on, Let`t fight hard. Sure we can get the first place!

  • 2

    THESE STATISTICS RELATE ONLY TO SL FORCES & available in the public
    domain – lest we forget what makes Genocide…….

    Tamil conference incident (1974)
    January 10, 1974 Jaffna, Jaffna District 9
    Chunnakam Police station massacre
    January 8, 1984 Chunnakam, Jaffna District 19-20
    Chunnakam market massacre
    March 28, 1984 Chunnakam, Jaffna District 10
    Othiyamalai massacre December 1, 1984
    Othiyamalai, Mullaitivu District 29 – 32
    Amarivayal massacre November 14, 1984
    Amarivayal, Trincomalee District 30-50
    Thennamarawadi massacre November, 1984
    Thennamarawadi,Trincomalee District 26
    Mannar massacre (1984)
    December 4, 1984 Murunkan, Mannar District 107 – 150
    Vadakkandal massacre
    January 30, 1985 Vadakkandal, Mannar District 52
    Valvettithurai massacre (1985)
    May 12, 1985 Valvettithurai, Jaffna District 46 – 70
    Kumudini boat massacre
    May 15, 1985 Sea off Jaffna District 23
    Thambattai massacre May 17, 1985
    Thambattai, Ampara District 23
    1985 Trincomalee massacres
    May-September, 1985 At Several places
    inTrincomalee District 280+
    Killiveddy massacre (1985) May 30, 1985
    Killiveddy, Trincomalee District 44
    Akkaraipattu massacre
    February 19, 1986 Akkaraipattu, Ampara District 80
    Prawn farm massacre / Kokkadichcholai (1987)
    January 27, 1987 Kokkadichcholai,Batticaloa District 83
    Kalmunai massacre
    June 12, 1990 Kalmunai, Ampara District 160 – 250
    Veeramunai massacre August 12, 1990 Veeramunai,
    Ampara District 21
    Eastern University massacre/ Vantharamulai campus
    massacre September 5, 1990 Batticaloa District 158
    Batticaloa massacre (1990) /Sathurukondan massacre
    September 9, 1990 Batticaloa, Batticaloa District 184
    Chavakachcheri market massacre October 9, 1990
    Chavakachcheri, Jaffna District 12
    Kondaichchi massacre February, 1991 Kondaichchi,
    Mannar District 4
    Eravur massacre February 20, 1991 Eravur, Batticaloa
    District 6
    Iruthayapuram massacre March, 1991 Iruthayapuram,
    Batticaloa District 11
    Nayanmar Thidal massacre April 12, 1991
    Nayanmar Thidal, Tampalakamam,Trincomalee District 4
    Kokkadichcholai massacre (1991)
    June 12, 1991 Kokkadichcholai,Batticaloa District 152
    Polonnaruwa massacre
    April 29, 1992 Muthugal and Karapola,Polonnaruwa
    District 87
    Mylanthanai massacreAugust 9, 1992 Mylanthanai,
    Batticaloa District 35
    Paliyadvaddai massacre October 24, 1992 Paliyadvaddai
    Batticaloa District 10-11
    Jaffna lagoon massacre / Kilaly massacre January 2,
    1993 Jaffna Lagoon, Jaffna District 35 – 100
    Vannathi Aru massacre February 17, 1993 Vannathi
    Aru, Batticaloa District 16
    Kalviankadu massacre July 27, 1993 Kalviankadu,
    Jaffna District 6
    Jaffna lagoon massacre July 29, 1993 Jaffna Lagoon,
    Jaffna District 19
    Pulmoddai massacre May 6, 1995 Pulmoddai, Trincomalee
    District 5
    Navaly church bombing July 9, 1995
    Navaly, Jaffna District 125
    Nagerkovil school bombing
    September 22, 1995 Nagerkovil, Jaffna District 39
    Kumarapuram massacre / Trincomalee massacre (1996)
    / Killiveddy massacre (1996) February 11, 1996 24
    Tampalakamam massacre
    February 3, 1998 Tampalakamam,Trincomalee District 8
    Puthukkudiyiruppu bombing
    September 15, 1999 Puthukkudiyiruppu,
    Mullaitivu District 21
    Pallikuda bombing May 12, 2000 Pallikuda,
    Kilinochchi District 5
    Silivaturai massacre May 13, 2000 Silivaturai,
    Mannar District massacre May 15, 2000
    Columbuthurai, Jaffna District 5
    Mirusuvil massacre
    December 20, 2000 Mirusuvil, Jaffna District 8
    Trincomalee massacre (2006)
    January 2, 2006 Trincomalee, Trincomalee District 5
    Allaipiddy massacre
    May 13, 2006 Allaipiddy, Jaffna District 13
    Pesalai Church attack
    June 17, 2006 Pesalai, Mannar District 6
    Trincomalee massacre of NGO workers (2006) /
    Muttur massacre August 4, 2006 Muttur, Trincomalee 17
    St. Philip Neri Church shelling
    August 13, 2006 Allaipiddy, Jaffna District 15 – 36
    Chencholai bombing
    August 14, 2006 Mullaitivu, Mullaitivu District 61
    Vaharai Bombing / Vaharai Shelling
    November 7, 2006 Kathiraveli, Batticaloa District 45
    Massacre at Thandikulam
    November 19, 2006 Thandikulam, Vavuniya 5
    Padahuthurai bombing / Illuppaikadavai bombing
    January 2, 2007 Illuppaikadavai, Mannar District 15
    Murukandy claymore attack
    May 23, 2008 Murukandy, Mullaitivu District 16
    Tharmapuram Hospital shelling January 8, 2009
    Tharmapuram, Mullaittivu District 7
    Vallipuram Hospital shelling January 22, 2009
    Vallipuram, Mullaittivu District 5
    Suthanthirapuram shelling January 24, 2009 Suthanthirapuram Junction, Mullaittivu District 11+
    Udayaarkaddu Hospital shelling January 26, 2009
    Udayaarkaddu, Mullaittivu District 12
    Puthukkudiyiruppu Hospital shelling February 1–3, 2009 Puthukkudiyiruppu,Mullaittivu District 9+
    Ponnambalam Memorial Hospital bombing February 5–6,
    2009 Near Puthukkudiyiruppu,Mullaittivu District Up to 75
    Putumattalan Hospital shelling February 9–10, 2009
    Putumattalan, Mullaittivu District 16+
    Putumattalan Hospital shelling April 9, 2009
    Putumattalan, Mullaittivu District 22+
    Putumattalan Hospital shelling April 20, 2009
    Putumattalan, Mullaittivu District 13+
    Valayanmadam makeshift hospital bombing April 21, 2009
    Valayanmadam, Mullaittivu District 4-5
    Mullivaikkal Hospital shelling
    April 23, 2009 Mullivaikkal, Mullaittivu District unknown.
    Mullivaikkal Primary Health Center bombing
    April 28, 2009 Mullivaikkal, Mullaittivu District 6+
    Mullivaikkal Primary Health Center shelling
    April 29, 2009 Mullivaikkal, Mullaittivu District 6
    Mullivaikkal Hospital shelling
    April 29, 2009 Mullivaikkal, Mullaittivu District 9+
    Mullivaikkal Hospital shelling
    April 30, 2009 Mullivaikkal, Mullaittivu District 9
    Mullivaikkal Hospital shelling
    May 1, 2009 Mullivaikkal, Mullaittivu District 27
    Mullivaikkal Hospital shelling
    May 2, 2009 Mullivaikkal, Mullaittivu District 68
    Mullivaikkal Hospital bombing
    May 12, 2009 Mullivaikkal, Mullaittivu District 49
    Weliweriya Protestors’ Attack August 10, 2013
    Weliweirya, Colombo District Report awaited
    E. & O. E

    • 1

      Concerned Tamil Diaspora

      What was the total of all these killings by the Para-Sinhala?

      Compare that with the killings by the Para-Tamils.

      Then we can compared the net killings by the Paras, in the land of Native Vedda.

  • 1

    Western mind set is only their method of governing is correct.

    Other than the roman govt new westminster style democracy, there were other methods, People lived happily.

    for example, India and China had kings and dynasties for millennia. Those people lived happily and they were more human than the present governing -socalled democracies.

    Stupid people believe present western democracy is the best.

    All propaganda.

    • 2

      More nonsense from you. The vast majority if Indians did not live happily, they were brutalised by a horrible social system called caste.

      Right then , you would have no provlem if Sri Lanka ditched democrasy and was run by a Muslim elite and Sharia law.

      Why are soo many of your Sinhala brethern emigrating to the West .

  • 1

    To Concerned Tamil Diaspora!
    According to your list above, there is only one incident after May 12, 2009. That incident (Weliweriya)has nothing to do with journalists and it was a local issue related to contaminated water. Does this mean things have improved drastically during the last 5 years? I would like to know if any journalist has been killed during the last 3 years? If so, who are they (by name). As I heard some of those who have left the country (looking for green pastures) have also returned (e.g Mandana Abeywickrema). Is this Impunity Index another illogical highlight to jack-up Navi Pillay’s already written Accountability Report?

    • 1

      “looking for greener pastures” is typical GOSL spiel to absolve themselves of the climate of fear and intimidation they created and to put the blame on the Journalists who had to flee to stay alive.

      There is no freedom of the press in SL, all the main papers are government shills . Critical press like Uthayan get attacked by government forces and proxies. Colombo Telegraph and Lanka Guardian are blocked.

  • 1

    Richmond: The statistics concerned primarily SLs Genocidal action with
    “Democratic” impunity! Lets not forget these Journalists whilst patting our backs that none died just for 3 yrs.! (Source: CPJ)

    19 Journalists Killed in Sri Lanka/Motive Confirmed
    Terminology explained
    Shoba, O’liveechchu
    May 18 or 19, 2009, in Mullivaikkal, Sri Lanka
    Puniyamoorthy Sathiyamoorthy, freelance
    February 12, 2009, in Mullaitheevu district, Sri Lanka
    Lasantha Wickramatunga, The Sunday Leader
    January 8, 2009, in an area outside Colombo, Sri Lanka
    Rashmi Mohamed, Sirasa TV
    October 6, 2008, in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
    Paranirupasingham Devakumar, News 1st
    May 28, 2008, in Jaffna, Sri Lanka
    Suresh Linbiyo, Voice of Tigers
    November 27, 2007, in Kilinochchi, Sri Lanka
    T. Tharmalingam, Voice of Tigers
    November 27, 2007, in Kilinochchi, Sri Lanka
    Isaivizhi Chempiyan, Voice of Tigers
    November 27, 2007, in Kilinochchi, Sri Lanka
    Selvarajah Rajeewarnam, Uthayan
    April 29, 2007, in Jaffna, Sri Lanka
    Subash Chandraboas, Nilam
    April 16, 2007, in an area near Vavuniya, Sri Lanka
    Subramaniyam Sugitharajah, Sudar Oli
    January 24, 2006, in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka
    Relangi Selvarajah, Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corp.
    August 12, 2005, in Colombo, Sri Lanka
    Dharmeratnam Sivaram, TamilNet and Daily Mirror
    April 29, 2005, in Colombo, Sri Lanka
    Lanka Jayasundara, Wijeya Publications
    December 11, 2004, in Colombo, Sri Lanka
    Bala Nadarajah Iyer, Thinamurasu and Thinakaran
    August 16, 2004, in Colombo, Sri Lanka
    Aiyathurai Nadesan, Virakesari
    May 31, 2004, in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka
    Mylvaganam Nimalarajan, BBC, Virakesari, Ravaya
    October 19, 2000, in Jaffna, Sri Lanka
    Anura Priyantha, Independent Television Network
    December 18, 1999, in Colombo, Sri Lanka
    Indika Pathinivasan, Maharaja Television Network
    December 18, 1999, in Colombo, Sri Lanka

    6 Journalists Killed in Sri Lanka/Motive Unconfirmed
    Terminology explained
    Sahadevan Nilakshan, Chaalaram
    August 1, 2007, in Jaffna, Sri Lanka
    Sinnathamby Sivamaharajah, Namathu Eelanadu
    August 20, 2006, in Jaffna, Sri Lanka
    Sampath Lakmal, Sathdina
    July 1, 2006, in Colombo, Sri Lanka
    Vasthian Anthony Mariyadas, Freelancer
    December 31, 1999, in Vavuniya, Sri Lanka
    Atputharajah Nadarajah, Thinamurusu
    November 2, 1999, in Colombo, Sri Lanka
    Rohana Kumara, Satana
    September 7, 1999, in Colombo, Sri Lanka

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      Now let’s separate out the victims of LTTE terrorists and LTTE terrorist propagandists, and see how this weighs up :D

      You should probably be a bit more concerned about what your erstwhile sole representatives were getting up to :D

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    Sri Lanka worse than Pakistan, Syria , Afghanistan, Colombia ….

    Good thing we have the countless GOSL supporters on CT to give us the impression that GOSL is a victim of foreign conspiracies , or we would all believe Sri Lanka really is in bad shape

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