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Another brutal attack on Media

(January 31, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) The office of www.lankaenews.com local news website in Malabe has been has set fire and completely destroyed.

Its news editor Benett Rupasinghe told the Lanka Guardian from Colombo that the arson attack had taken place between 1.30am and 2.30am today (Jan. 31).

Just before the incident, around 1.00am, an anonymous caller had accused him of campaigning on behalf of UNP MP for Hambantota Sajith Premadasa and threatened him with death, he said.

Firefighters had been called into the scene of the fire, but by the time they had arrived, the news website office had been completely gutted.

www.lankaenews.com is a news website popular among Sri Lankans, including expatriates, and has been a strong critic of the government.

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