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P Devakumar
Wednesday, May 28th, 2008
Paranirupasingham Devakumar, Jaffna correspondent for the Maharaja Television news channel News 1st, was stabbed to death by a group of unidentified people on Wednesday evening, according to Susil Kindelpitiya, a Maharaja Television news director who spoke with CPJ by telephone this morning.
Nilakshan Sahapavan
Wednesday, August 1st, 2007
Nilakshan Sahapavan, a student journalist at Jaffna University's Media Resource Training Centre (MRTC), established by UNESCO, was shot on 1 August by unidentified gunmen in front of his house in Kokuvil, Jaffna, in the middle of the night. He later died in hospital from his injuries.

Kokuvil, just three miles away from Jaffna city, is heavily guarded by the Sri Lankan military. The shooting took place during curfew hours, which RSF says "raises questions about the possible complicity of the security forces."

Selvarajah Rajivarman
Sunday, April 29th, 2007

JAFFNA, Sri Lanka: Unidentified men fatally shot a reporter for a Tamil-language newspaper in Sri Lanka's troubled northern Jaffna peninsula on Sunday.

Selvaraja Rajivarman, 24, worked for the Jaffna-based Uthayan newspaper, which is considered neutral but has good access to information from Tamil Tiger rebels fighting a separatist war with the government.

Sinnathamby Sivamaharajah
Sunday, August 20th, 2006
Managing Editor of the Jaffna based, Tamil language Namathu Eelanadu newspaper, former Member of Parliament Mr. Sinnathamby Sivamaharajah, was killed on August 20, 2006.
Tuesday, August 15th, 2006

Sathasivam Baskaram, a distributor for the Tamil newspaper Uthayan was shot dead on August 15 in Jaffna while returning from making deliveries. According to an IFJ affiliate, the Free Media Movement (FMM), Baskaram was delivering the paper outside of the curfew hours that have been operating in the area since August 11. 

Sampath Lakmal Square
Sunday, July 2nd, 2006
Twenty four year old Sampath Lakmal de Silva was a free lance defence correspondent for several Sinhala language newspapers, who was found shot dead in Colombo's southern suburb of Dehiwela on July 2, 2006. The newspaper Mr. de Silva wrote for include the Irudina, Lakbima and Sathdina.
Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006

On May 2, 2006, an armed mob stormed the offices of the Tamil language Uthayan newspaper in Jaffna, firing at the group's employees, killing two of them.

One of those killed was Rajaratnam Ranjith, a staff member of the Uthayan group.

Tuesday, January 24th, 2006

On May 2, 2006, an armed mob stormed the offices of the Tamil language Uthayan newspaper in Jaffna, firing at the group's employees, killing two of them.

One of those killed was the Marketing Manager of Uthayan, Mr. Bastian George Sagayathas.

Tuesday, January 24th, 2006

At approximately 06.45 on January 24, 2006, the Trincomalee Correspondent for the Colombo-based Tamil language daily newspaper Sudar Oli, was shot dead while waiting to leave his home for work.

Subramanium Sugirtharajan was a married, 35 year old father of two. Later reports indicated that his assailants approached him on a motorcycle and fired at close range.