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Veteran Sri Lankan Journalist Murdered in Her Home
Written by Rezwan On 9 February 2014 @ 18:39 pm | 2 Comments
In Citizen Media, English, Media & Journalism, South Asia, Sri Lanka, War & Conflict, Weblog, Women & Gender
Melicia “Mel” Gunasekera, one of Sri Lanka's most prominent journalists, was stabbed to death  in her house in Battaramulla, a suburb Colombo city on February 2, 2014. She was the assistant vice president at Fitch Ratings Lanka and the founding editor of the Lanka Business Online , an online financial news service website. She was a former reporter for French news agency Agence France-Presse and also worked as a freelance journalist.
D. B. S. Jeyaraj  notes that Gunasekera was very popular and was loved by her colleagues in the media. A construction worker was arrested within the same day  and preliminary investigation indicates burglary may have been the motive. But her fans and followers think otherwise .
Nalaka Gunawardene  questioned “Who Really Killed Mel Gunasekera?” on Groundviews blog:
According to police, the killer stole just LKR 1,200 (USD 10) and her mobile phone. No other motive is suspected.
Any death is a tragedy, but what do we make of a killing done for small change and a piece of metal?
She should be writing my eulogy, not me hers. The young should not predecease the old. We should have built a country where a young journalist could take the bus with no fear and spend a Sunday morning in her own house without getting murdered. The war brutalized us. Killing became nothing.
Others mourned the journalist on Twitter:
— Nalaka Gunawardene (@NalakaG) February 2, 2014 
Horrified & saddened to hear that Sri Lankan journalist Mel Gunasekera @MelGuna  has been murdered. My thoughts with her family & friends.
— V.V. Ganeshananthan (@Vasugi) February 2, 2014 
— The Republic Square (@thersq) February 3, 2014 
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://www.demotix.com/photo/3825269/former-srilankan-afp-journalist-murder-investigated
 was stabbed to death: http://www.dailymirror.lk/top-story/42446-journalist-murdered.html
 Lanka Business Online: http://www.lankabusinessonline.com/
 D. B. S. Jeyaraj: http://dbsjeyaraj.com/dbsj/archives/27857
 arrested within the same day: http://www.rightsnow.net/?p=4715
 think otherwise: http://www.nation.lk/edition/lens/item/25590-who-really-killed-mel-gunasekera?.html
 Nalaka Gunawardene: http://groundviews.org/2014/02/04/who-really-killed-mel-gunasekera/
 brutalized: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-26080725
 Rohan Samarajiva: http://www.lankabusinessonline.com/news/mel-gunasekera/337322665
 @MelGuna: https://twitter.com/MelGuna
 pic.twitter.com/784J4SoqtX: http://t.co/784J4SoqtX
 February 2, 2014: https://twitter.com/NalakaG/statuses/429887888944144385
 February 2, 2014: https://twitter.com/Vasugi/statuses/429912494790832128
 http://t.co/osgUHoVWyd: http://t.co/osgUHoVWyd
 @thersq: https://twitter.com/thersq
 February 3, 2014: https://twitter.com/thersq/statuses/430180410169913344
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