Sri Lanka’s Deadly Profession

Frederica Jansz
Asia-Pacific and South Asia

Sri Lankan born journalist Frederica Jansz offers an insight into her home country, the fourth deadliest place in the world for journalists to work. Journalists are frequently threatened with vulgar messages, are beaten or murdered. Jansz herself received a death threat after she took over as editor of The Sunday Leader; the previous editor had been murdered, along with most of their staff. Following a story she penned on war crimes in the military, Jansz’s lawyer warned her that her life was in danger; she has lived in exile in the United States ever since. Jansz is disheartened that she cannot do more for her colleagues, as the situation for journalists and human rights workers continues to worsen in her home country.