Sensitive Reporting; the need of the hour

தமிழ் கட்டுரை              සිංහල ලිපිය

The panelist at the panel discussion organized by the Sri Lanka Press Institute and the Free Media Movement of Sri Lanka to commemorate the World Press Freedom Day 2019. Seated from left to right at the Panel : Mr. Ajith Parakum Jayasinghe, Blogger and Social Activist, Mr. M.J.R David, Consultant at University of Vocational Training- Ratmalana, Mr. Shan Wijethunge, Head of Sri Lanka College of Journalism, Ms. Hana Ibrahim, Editor Daily and Weekend Express and Mr. Kamal Liyanarachchi, Complaints Officer of the Press Complaints Commission of Sri Lanka.

The Sri Lanka Press Institute (SLPI) and the Free Media Movement (FMM) jointly organized a panel discussion on the topic “Reporting Sensitive Incidents” to mark the World Press Freedom Day, which was on Friday, the 3rd of May 2019.  The panels of speakers at this discussion were Ms. Hana Ibrahim, Editor Daily and Weekend Express, Mr. M.J.R David, Consultant at University of Vocational Training- Ratmalana, Mr. Ajith Parakum Jayasinghe, Blogger and Social Activist, Mr. Kamal Liyanarachchi, Complaints Officer of the Press Complaints Commission of Sri Lanka and the session was moderated by Mr. Shan Wijethunge, Head of Sri Lanka College of Journalism.

The speakers shared their views on the need for responsible journalism during this current prevailing situation of the country. Emphasis was made on the importance of balance and ethical reporting, and the need to avoid a competing attitude to release news but to rather report accurately to the public. It was also noted that this is also a time to be sensitive as there are communities which are impacted, victimized and vulnerable by the recent events. Therefore utmost care should be taken to ensure that whatever news is being shared irrespective of any media platform, it should not disturb the peace that prevails and should not instigate problems among a multi-cultural society as Sri Lanka.

The panel discussion was attended by both media and civil society and an engaging discussion and interaction were experienced.

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A section of the participants attending the panel discussion organized by the Sri La nka Press Institute (SLPI) and the Free Media Movement (FMM) to commemorate the World Press Freedom Day 2019

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