The Sunday Leader reproduces below a threatening letter sent to Lanka e News last week which bear striking similarities to three death threats received by this newspaper in 2008 and 2009.
While The Sunday Leader is not in agreement with the style and methods of reporting practiced by Lanka eNews which in our view is far from credible or follow the basic ethics of independent journalism we nevertheless condemn the continuing harassment and intimidation of media outlets in this country.
The written death threats, authored in bright red ink were received by the late Lasantha Wickrematunge three weeks before he was shot dead on January 8, 2009 and another two subsequently by Frederica Jansz and Munza Mushtaq in 2009 were all written in similar vein. A leading graphologist in a report to The Sunday Leader last year stated the three death threats bore striking similarities to one another concluding they could well have been written by one and the same fist.
We reproduce copies of the threats including the one sent to Lanka e News last week which even to the untrained eye look frighteningly similar.