During his time at the Island as a young journalist, when Vijitha Yapa was the editor, Lasantha had returned to office with a story relating to a diplomat’s son who was supposedly involved with the LTTE. “Not once have I had to carry a correction on any story that he has worked on,” recalled the veteran Editor about his young reporter Lasantha Wickrematunge. A furious President Premadasa had blamed the paper saying that it was trying to divide him and his good friend. The editor and Lalith Allahakkoon, current Editor in Chief of the Daily News continued with the column. “This was a great mystery to President Premadasa, as by then it was out that Lasantha was behind the column ‘Suranimala’” says Yapa.
Source: Sunday Observer January 05, 2019 19:52 UTC