the call of conscience

17 January, 2009 § Leave a comment

The editor of The Sunday Leader, a liberal publication in Sri Lanka, Lasantha Wickramatunga, was assassinated by gunmen on 8 January 2009.

He believed in what he called “the call of conscience” and in his last editorial before that fateful day, he writes:

And Then They Came For Me

No other profession calls on its practitioners to lay down their lives for their art save the armed forces and, in Sri Lanka, journalism. In the course of the past few years, the independent media have increasingly come under attack. Electronic and print-media institutions have been burnt, bombed, sealed and coerced. Countless journalists have been harassed, threatened and killed. It has been my honour to belong to all those categories and now especially the last.

The full editorial can be accessed here.

I’ve always wondered what democracy meant. Perhaps it means courage and sacrifice.

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