Every week, a journ­alist some­where is killed or assaulted for simply doing their job.

This extraordinary edit­orial by the murdered editor of the Sri Lankan Sunday Leader was appar­ently written just a few days before his death.

May these brave souls con­tinue their work. May I one day be able again to help defend them through working, as I have in the past, on press freedom issues with the Inter­na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of Journ­al­ists. (Down­load the 2007–8 report on press freedom in South-Asia – I helped copy-edit the 2005–6 ver­sion.)