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R.K. Radhakrishnan, The Hindu / COLOMBO, July 31, 2011.
A senior journalist of a Tamil newspaper based in Jaffna, who was attacked on Friday evening, continues to be in a critical condition.
Gnanasundaram Kuhanathan, 59, the news editor of Uthayan, was beaten by unidentified men with iron bars and left for dead near his home. This was the second such attack on an Uthayan journalist in the past two months. A reporter from the paper S. Kavitharan was attacked on May 28. Uthayan supports the Tamil National Alliance, the umbrella organisation of Tamil parties, which openly supported the Tamil Tigers earlier.
“There have been four murders of journalists in Sri Lanka since 2008 in which a link with the victim’s work was clearly established, and a well-known cartoonist Prageeth Eknaligoda has been missing since January 2010,” said Reporters Without Borders, in a statement. “None of these cases has been solved. More than 50 journalists and press freedom activists have fled abroad in recent years because their lives were in danger,” it added.
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