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Editor of Sri Lanka’s most ‘outspoken anti-government’ newspaper sacked

Colombo, Sept 22 (ANI): An editor of Sri Lanka’s most outspokenly anti-government newspaper has said that she has been sacked after refusing to curb her writing style or compromise credibility.

Frederica Jansz said she was dismissed after her paper, The Sunday Leader, was bought by a businessman who wanted it to change its editorial line.

According to the BBC, she said that after an associate of the family of President Mahinda Rajapaksa bought a 72 percent stake in the paper, he asked her to stop carrying articles critical of the government.

Jansz said the new owner, Asanga Seneviratne, wanted her to ‘curb her style of writing and compromise her credibility’.

According to the report, The Sunday Leader is known for doggedly pursuing stories alleging government misdeeds.

The previous editor of the paper, Lasantha Wickrematunge, was assassinated three years ago. (ANI)