Journalists and scholars will gather this Saturday, October 11, to discuss the challenges of covering issues in Sri Lanka in the current global context.
The conference, titled “The media in post war Sri Lanka: supporting democratisation in the era of the ‘War on Terrorism’” will take place at the West London University in London. It aims to generate an exchange of ideas and insights between academics and professionals on the role of media for counteracting the delegitimisation of democratic process in post-war Sri Lanka in the Age of the ‘War on Terrorism’.
The one-day conference seeks to uncover the challenges, difficulties and obstacles faced by media and journalists in upholding international human rights norms and their implications for democratisation in Sri Lanka. Thus, beginning with the media, which has a role as a social institution in promoting democratisation, the conference seeks a broader understanding of the issues facing those seeking to promote international human rights norms in Sri Lanka today.
Journalists, media scholars and media activists from Sri Lanka, India, Europe and North America will present papers at the conference, with the opportunity for discussion between the audience and speakers after the sessions. Speakers include Professor Rune Ottosen from Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Dr Ibrahim Seaga Shaw, Lecturer in Media, Human Rights and Politics at Northumbria University, Dr. Walid Al-Saqaf, Director of the Master of Global Journalism Programme at Orebro University, Dr Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, Executive Director of Centre for Policy Alternatives in Colombo, Mr. J.S. Tissainayagam, an award-winning journalist in exile and Dr. Jude Lal Fernando, Assistant Professor in Intercultural Theology and Inter religious Studies at the Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin.