Attotage Prema Jayantha: Investigative Journalist - Sri Lanka (Integrity Award)

Filed under - Whistleblowing

Received the Award on 12 November 2010

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Attotage Prema Jayantha is better known to Sri Lankans as Poddala Jayantha, his pen name during two decades of courageous investigative journalism.

Refusing to turn a blind eye to corruption, Jayantha dedicated his career to fearlessly exposing injustice in Sri Lanka’s health, education and transport sectors. One of his reports uncovered what some officials have called Sri Lanka’s biggest ever tax scam, involving the alleged misappropriation of RS 3.6 billion (US $37 million) in Value Added Tax.

Following numerous threats on his life, Jayantha was abducted by unidentified assailants in June 2009 and brutally beaten. He was left permanently disabled and now lives in exile. No arrests have been made and the case has since been dropped. Jayantha’s pursuit of the truth resonates with journalists in many parts of the world who encounter such challenges to their work.

Country / Territory - Sri Lanka   
Region - Global   |   Asia Pacific   |   Europe and Central Asia   
Language(s) - English   
Topic - Media   |   Whistleblowing   
Tags - Tax scam   |   Investigative journalism   |   Attotage Prema Jayantha   |   Poddala Jayantha   |   Slideshow   

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