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 ( 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.