|President's message on the death of Editor Ajith Samaranayake
November 24, 2006- 5.00 GMT
"Ajith was a talented and competent journalist who was fully committed to his profession. Progressive in his political outlook he always championed the cause of the ordinary people...His demise is a great loss to the journalistic fraternity as well as to the nation", said President Mahinda Rajapaksa in a message.
Vetern journalist and editor of Friday Ajith Samaranayake passed away after a brief illness on Wednesday (22).
I am greatly shocked and deeply saddened at the sudden death of veteran journalist and Editor Ajith Samaranayake.
Ajith was a talented and competent journalist who was fully committed to his profession. Progressive in his political outlook he always championed the cause of the ordinary people.
His mastery of the English language and his lively style made reading his writings a pleasure. He was equally competent in the Sinhala language as evidenced by his columns in the Sinhala press. His death leaves a vacuum in the field of English language journalism in Sri Lanka.
Beginning his career as a parliamentary reporter at Lake House, he later joined Upali Newspapers Ltd. where he became Editor of the Island, Sunday Edition. He joined Lake House again as Editor, The Observer and Sunday Observer. He served as Editor in Chief of Lake House English publications and Editor of Friday at the time of his death.
An unassuming personality he was much loved by his colleagues and subordinates. His demise is a great loss to the journalistic fraternity as well as to the nation.
I extend my deepest sympathies to his widow Ms. Mano Samaranayake and all his relatives and friends who grieve at his sudden death.
November 22, 2006