“And Then They Came For Me”

Read the editorial that Lasantha Wickramatunga, the editor of the Sri Lankan newspaper the Sunday Leader who was killed last week on his way to work, wrote in anticipation of his murder. The beginning of Wickramatunga’s “Letter From The Grave” (which is what Steve Coll dubs it in a blog post at the New Yorker offering some background on all of this):

No other profession calls on its practitioners to lay down their lives for their art save the armed forces and, in Sri Lanka, journalism…
Liz Cox Barrett is a freelance writer and graphic designer in Kalispell, Montana. She worked as a newspaper journalist in Denver and Kalispell for 20 years.