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Veteran Sri Lankan Journalist Murdered in Her Home

Written by Rezwan On @ 18:39 pm | 2 Comments

In Citizen Media, English, Media & Journalism, South Asia, Sri Lanka, War & Conflict, Weblog, Women & Gender

The Home of murdered former Sri Lankan Agence France-Presse (AFP) journalist Mel Gunasekera is probed by police investigators at the capital Colombo on February 2, 2014. Gunasekera was stabbed to death after a break-in at her family's home. Image by Tharaka Basnayaka. Copyright Demotix (2/2/2014) [1]

The home of murdered former Sri Lankan Agence France-Presse (AFP) journalist Mel Gunasekera is probed by police investigators at the capital Colombo on February 2, 2014. Gunasekera was stabbed to death after a break-in at her family's home. Image by Tharaka Basnayaka. Copyright Demotix (2/2/2014)

Melicia “Mel” Gunasekera, one of Sri Lanka's most prominent journalists, was stabbed to death [2] 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 [3], 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 [4] notes that Gunasekera was very popular and was loved by her colleagues in the media. A construction worker was arrested within the same day [5] and preliminary investigation indicates burglary may have been the motive. But her fans and followers think otherwise [6].

Nalaka Gunawardene [7] 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?

The reactions in Sri Lanka after her murder include reflections on how this country has become brutalized [8]. Policy entrepreneur Rohan Samarajiva [9] noted in a eulogy in Lanka Business Online:

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:


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URLs in this post:

[1] Image: http://www.demotix.com/photo/3825269/former-srilankan-afp-journalist-murder-investigated

[2] was stabbed to death: http://www.dailymirror.lk/top-story/42446-journalist-murdered.html

[3] Lanka Business Online: http://www.lankabusinessonline.com/

[4] D. B. S. Jeyaraj: http://dbsjeyaraj.com/dbsj/archives/27857

[5] arrested within the same day: http://www.rightsnow.net/?p=4715

[6] think otherwise: http://www.nation.lk/edition/lens/item/25590-who-really-killed-mel-gunasekera?.html

[7] Nalaka Gunawardene: http://groundviews.org/2014/02/04/who-really-killed-mel-gunasekera/

[8] brutalized: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-26080725

[9] Rohan Samarajiva: http://www.lankabusinessonline.com/news/mel-gunasekera/337322665

[10] @MelGuna: https://twitter.com/MelGuna

[11] pic.twitter.com/784J4SoqtX: http://t.co/784J4SoqtX

[12] February 2, 2014: https://twitter.com/NalakaG/statuses/429887888944144385

[13] February 2, 2014: https://twitter.com/Vasugi/statuses/429912494790832128

[14] http://t.co/osgUHoVWyd: http://t.co/osgUHoVWyd

[15] @thersq: https://twitter.com/thersq

[16] February 3, 2014: https://twitter.com/thersq/statuses/430180410169913344

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