|Sri Lanka's Rajapaksa regime under fire after another intimidated editor flees death threats
Activists in Sri Lanka have slammed the regime of incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa (pictured with China's President Xi Jinping in May in Beijing) for intimidation and repression of journalists and political opponents after yet another experienced journalist fled the country with her family.
One resident said from Colombo a tyrant is emerging in the island. China has emerged as his government's main backer lending heavily and investing massive amounts.
Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema, associate editor of the Sunday Leader newspaper, had received death threats from suspected pro-Rajapaksa operatives. Her house was burgled last month. The suspects in custody are army deserters.
A media rights group slammed Rajapaksa's war against journalists.
On August 24, four armed men broke into her residence, assaulted her and threatened her 10-year-old daughter as well as her parents. Police were called to the scene and they shot one suspect dead. The army has admitted that two suspects arrested are deserters.
Police have claimed it was a burglary attempt.
Her home was raided again and a computer stolen.
The Free Media Movement said Abeywickrema left for an undisclosed country Tuesday. Some 80 journalists have fled since Rajapakse began his reign in 2005.
Acitivists suspect the men who raided her home were after documents related to a mega-dollar state land sale she had been investigating.