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Sri Lanka Government To Launch Investigation Into Murder of Abducted Journalist


Daughter of journalist Dharmeratnam Sivaram, grieves by his body in Talangama, near Colombo
Sri Lanka's government has ordered a full-scale investigation into the murder of a prominent Tamil journalist who was abducted outside a restaurant Thursday night.

Dharmeratnam Sivaram, a 46-year-old senior editor of a pro-Tamil rebel website, was out with friends when four unidentified men grabbed him.

He was shot after being bound and gagged, and his body dumped near the Sri Lankan parliamentary complex.

Mr. Sivaram, also a columnist with an English language daily, was the country's best-known Tamil Internet journalist. The website was popular for its reporting on the Sri Lankan civil war and the peace process after the 2002 cease-fire.

The Paris-based media watch dog Reporters Without Borders had expressed fears for Mr. Sivaram's safety after police searched his home in Colombo last year.

Some information for this report provided by AFP.

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