National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka (NCEASL)
The cold blooded murder of Mr. Lasantha Wickramatunge, Editor of the Sunday Leader newspaper has struck the death knell to media freedom in our country. The National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka (NCEASL) strongly condemns this dastardly act of assassinating one of Sri Lanka's most eminent journalists. This closely follows the despicable act of bombing and burning of the MTV and MBC studios.
While all Sri Lankans looked to the dawn of this New Year with hope of peace, the New Year seems to have ushered in intimidation and suppression of the free media by dark forces. If this violent trend is not arrested and the rule of law is not respected, Sri Lanka will be drawn in to an abyss of death, destruction and anarchy. Further, Sri Lanka will loose its place among the civilized and democratic nations of the world.
We call upon all right thinking people of this nation to stand up and speak out against these atrocities and strengthen the hand of the government to bring in law and order and restore sanity in this our once proud Nation.
“When they came for the Communists, I didn’t speak up because I was not a Communist. Then they came for the Jews and I did not speak up because I was not a Jew. Then they came for the Trade Unionists and I didn’t speak up because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Catholics and I did not speak up because I was a Protestant.
Then they came for me… and there was no one left to speak up”.
Martin Niemoeller (Nazi Germany, 1945)
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