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.