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Journalists Killed in 2007 - Motive Confirmed: Subash Chandraboas

Publisher Committee to Protect Journalists
Publication Date January 2008
Cite as Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 2007 - Motive Confirmed: Subash Chandraboas, January 2008, available at: [accessed 23 October 2017]
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April 16, 2007, in an area near Vavuniya, Sri Lanka

Chandraboas, 32, editor of a small Tamil-language monthly magazine, Nilam (The Ground), was shot to death at around 7:30 p.m. near his home in the government-controlled town of Thoanikkal, near Vavuniya in ethnically Tamil Sri Lanka. His 8-year-old daughter told CPJ that the assassins spoke in Tamil and Sinhalese. "His only work was journalism," said Sunanda Deshapriya of the Sri Lankan media rights group Free Media Movement. "There was no other reason to kill him."

A strong individualist who owned his own printing press, Chandraboas produced Nilam almost single-handedly and was recognized for his passion for literature as well as journalism. He had also contributed to the London-based magazine Tamil World and the Colombo-based magazine Aravali on a freelance basis.

Job:Publisher / Owner
Beats Covered:Culture, Sports
Local or Foreign:Local
Type of Death:Murder
Suspected Source of Fire:Political Group
Taken Captive:No


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