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Sri Lanka’s Chief Government Censor Slain by Gunmen

From Associated Press

The chief government censor was shot and killed Sunday, police and witnesses said.

Themis Guruge, who also headed the government-owned radio station, was taking a walk near his home at Polhengoda, four miles southeast of Colombo, when he was shot by two unidentified gunmen riding in a white car, police said on condition of anonymity.

Guruge, 60, a well-known broadcaster, was named head of the government’s four-person censorship committee two weeks ago. Censorship on local and foreign press reports was imposed amid escalating ethnic violence and a growing dispute between India and Sri Lanka over the presence of a 40,000-member Indian peacekeeping force.

Guruge, a Sinhalese, was appointed chairman of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corp. two months ago.

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