You will have no choice but to protect my killers

You will have no choice but to protect my killers

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As the Sri Lankan government celebrates a decisive victory against the Tamil Tiger rebels, it stands accused of systematic abuses in a remarkable article by a murdered journalist.

Lasantha Wickramatunga

Lasantha Wickramatunga was shot dead on 8 January 2009

Actor, Bill Nighy

The actor Bill Nighy came to Bush House to record the article

Lasantha Wickramatunga was the editor of the Sunday Leader, widely regarded as Sri Lanka's leading independent newspaper.

The paper didn't take a position on the long-running civil war between the Sinhala dominated government and the Tamil Tiger rebels fighting for autonomy.

But it did regularly report and expose atrocities for which the chief suspects were the security forces.

Lasantha Wickramatunga had survived several attacks - on him and on his home.

But on 8th January, he was assassinated: shot in the head by two gunmen on a motorbike as he drove to work.

Thousands of people attended his funeral. And then something extraordinary happened.

Days after his murder, the Sunday Leader printed Mr Wickramatunga's final article, in which he predicted his own death, hinted at his killer's identity, and accused the government of human rights abuses and brutality against Tamil citizens.

We asked the actor Bill Nighy if he would read Lasantha Wickrematunge's final article for Newshour.