Frederica Jansz is a Sri Lankan journalist and former editor of The Sunday Leader, during her period of employment she was highly critical of Sri Lanka’s government and was subject to frequent intimidation and harassment and to acts of arson. Jansz’s predecessor Lasantha Wickrematunge in this position was assassinated, and during her own tenure, Jansz was the target of numerous death threats. After being dismissed from her position at the newspaper in September 2012 by its new, government-friendly owner, Jansz emigrated to the US, where she now lives.
Jansz is a Burgher of Dutch origin and is the cousin of Jacqueline Fernandez and the sister-in-law of Jatin Rungta. She has two children.Media and journalism
Jansz “began her career as a war reporter for Visnews, the television arm of Reuters, during the Sri Lankan Civil War.” She conducted interviews with government soldiers and guerilla forces, and also served as an investigative journalist covering the Sri Lankan parliament. “As one of the only female journalists in Sri Lanka, she established herself as a respected political reporter and became the anchor of a morning news TV show.
Honors and awards
Jansz won the Editor’s Guild of Sri Lanka Journalist of the Year Award in 2004.