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Frederica Jansz

Sri Lankan journalist and former editor of The Sunday Leader who has faced death threats for her critical reporting of the government

Asia-Pacific and South Asia

Frederica Jansz is a Sri Lankan journalist and the former editor ;in chief of ;The Sunday Leader, a Sri Lankan newspaper once ;well known for its criticism of the government. Jansz began her career as a television journalist and began working at The Sunday Leader in 1994. She took over leadership of the paper in 2009, after the previous editor in chief, Lasantha Wickrematunge,was assassinated. While working at the paper, Jansz received death threats for publishing articles critical of the government;in 2012, she was fired from the paper when it was bought by pro-government forces. She now resides in the U.S. and is a senior editor of ;The Seattle Globalist.