Lasantha Wickrematunge, RIP
No other profession calls on its practitioners to lay down their lives for their art save the armed forces and, in Sri Lanka, journalism...
Today it is the journalists, tomorrow it will be the judges. For neither group have the risks ever been higher or the stakes lower. Why then do we do it? I often wonder that. After all, I too am a husband, and the father of three wonderful children. I too have responsibilities and obligations that transcend my profession, be it the law or journalism. Is it worth the risk? Many people tell me it is not. Friends tell me to revert to the bar, and goodness knows it offers a better and safer livelihood ...
But there is a calling that is yet above high office, fame, lucre and security. It is the call of conscience ...
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