was a minority Sri Lankan Tamil
distributor for the Tamil newspaper Uthayan
, Sri Lanka
. He was shot and killed by unknown assailants on 15 August 2006 at Puthur junction near Atchchuveli while returning after delivering the paper after the curfew hours which are in force in Jaffna
.He is fourth employee of the Uthayan
newspaper to be killed recently.
Sathasivam Baskaran was part of a series of killing of Tamil media workers particularly those seen supporting the Tamil nationalist cause as the newspaper Uthayan
was seen to be doing.It was seen as part of the intimidation of Tamil media. The office of Sudar Oli
an associated newspaper with Uthayan
was searched by the Sri Lankan army on the same day.Free Media Movement
an International Federation of Journalists
associate reported that newspapers like Sudor Oli
have received threats from anti-LTTE para-military groups demanding that their distribution be stopped and there were attempts to unofficially censure Tamil media organisations.
Sathasivam Baskaran was killed during the relaxation of the strict curfew.Jaffna
is under virtual martial raising questions as how assailants could kill him or a series of other journalists and escape. This led to accusations that the killing was carried out by Security forces or paramilitary allied with... Read More