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Sri Lankan journalist wins Transparency International Integrity Award

Nov 12, 2010 10:55:20 PM- transcurrents.com

Honouring the unsung heroes of the fight against corruption

Attotage Prema Jayantha: Investigative Journalist - Sri Lanka


Attotage Prema Jayantha is better known to Sri Lankans as Poddala Jayantha, his pen name during two decades of courageous investigative journalism.

Refusing to turn a blind eye to corruption, Jayantha dedicated his career to fearlessly exposing injustice in Sri Lanka’s health, education and transport sectors. One of his reports uncovered what some officials have called Sri Lanka’s biggest ever tax scam, involving the alleged misappropriation of RS 3.6 billion (US $37 million) in Value Added Tax.

Following numerous threats on his life, Jayantha was abducted by unidentified assailants in June 2009 and brutally beaten. He was left permanently disabled and now lives in exile. No arrests have been made and the case has since been dropped.Jayantha’s pursuit of the truth resonates with journalists in many parts of the world who encounter such challenges to their work.

[Transparency International Press release]