Krishan Rajapakshe


One of the few Sinhalese journalists in Sri Lanka to cover human rights violations against the country’s Tamil minority, Krishan Rajapakshe helped create the news website Yukthiya (www.yukthiya.com) in 2011 with the aim of making fellow Sinhalese speakers more aware of the Tamil community’s plight.

The only journalist contributing to the site from Sri Lanka, he took a lot of risks to do investigative reporting and finally fled abroad in the autumn of 2012 after repeated threats from radical elements and pro-government agents. He talks about the risks that journalists run in Sri Lanka when they dare to tackle sensitive subjects.