Lasantha Wickrematunge Memorial Lecture 2013: Presentations, photos and video

The Lasantha Wickrematunge Memorial Lecture held recently featured, as noted on the website of Sri Lankans Without Borders (SLWB) website,

“…leading journalists from Canada and Sri Lanka [in] a panel discussion to examine press freedom in Sri Lanka in commemoration of the life and times of leading Sri Lankan journalist and human right activist Lasantha Wickrematunge.”

Co-hosted by Sri Lankans Without Borders and the South Asian Journalists Association, the event was held on Saturday, September 21, 2013 Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. The panel discussion included,

  • Stewart Bell, Senior Reporter, National Post
  • Sanjana Hattotuwa, Founding Editor, Groundviews
  • J.S. Tissainayagam, award-winning journalist-in-exile
  • Malinda Seneviratne, Editor-in-Chief, The Nation

The written submission by Tissainayagam can be read here, and Seneviratne’s comments, which were read out at the event, can be seen here. A video recording of the full event, lasting for over 2 hours and generating some very interesting questions and discussions, can be seen below.

Photos from the event, plus other events organised by SLWB around this event, can be seen on their Flickr page here.

Centre for Policy Alternatives

The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) was formed in 1996 in the firm belief that there is an urgent need to strengthen institution- and capacity-building for good governance and conflict transformation in Sri Lanka and that non-partisan civil society groups have an important and constructive contribution to make to this process. Focusing primarily on issues of governance and conflict resolution, CPA is committed to programmes of research and advocacy through which public policy is critiqued, alternatives identified and disseminated.