Sri Lankan editor flees following death threats and raid

Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema has fled the country along with her husband and daughter.

Written by Associated Press | Colombo | Published:September 19, 2013 9:23 pm

A Sri Lankan editor has fled the country following death threats and an armed attack on her home three weeks ago in which her family was held at knifepoint.

Free Media Movement,a local media rights group,says Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema,the co-editor of the Sunday Leader newspaper,fled on Monday to a “North American country,” along with her journalist husband Romesh Abeywickrema and 12-year-old daughter.

Five men held Mandana and her family at knifepoint and searched her Colombo home in a pre-dawn raid on Aug. 24,before police intervened. One intruder died after being shot by police and other fours are held in custody.

More than 80 journalists have fled the country since 2005. The Sri Lankan government is blamed for failing to properly investigate attacks on journalists.

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