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Sri Lankan Editor Flees Country After Death Threats

20 September 2013

A Sri Lankan editor has fled the country following death threats and an armed attack on her home three weeks ago in which her family was held at knifepoint. Free Media Movement, a local media rights group, says Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema, the co-editor of the Sunday Leader newspaper, fled on Monday to a “North American country,” along with her journalist husband Romesh Abeywickrema and 12-year-old daughter. Five men held Mandana and her family at knifepoint and searched her Colombo home in a pre-dawn raid on Aug. 24, before police intervened. One intruder died after being shot by police and other fours are held in custody. — AP