Three journalists from
The Island and the Sunday Island were honoured with
Journalism Awards for Excellence at a ceremony on Tuesday.
Our design editor and cartoonist Jeffrey K. de Silva was
adjudged Cartoonist of the Year by the Editors’ Guild of Sri
Lanka and the Sri Lanka Press Institute; journalist Ifham Nizam
received the award of Best Environmental Reporter of the Year;
and Sunday Island assistant editor Namini Wijedasa was
presented the D. R. Wijewardene Award for Earning the
Appreciation of Peers and the Public.
Editor of the Morning Leader Sonali Samarasingha was named
Mervyn de Silva Journalist of the Year. Krishni Ifham was named
D. B. Dhanapala Best Journalist of the Year (Tamil language) and
Dilrukshi Handunetti was awarded D. B. Dhanapala Best Journalist
of the Year (English language). Dharisha Bastians was adjudged
Denzil Peiris Young Reporter of the Year.
Lakruwan Wanniarachchi clinched the title of Photographer of
the Year while the Daily Virakesari newspaper was deemed the
Best Designed Newspaper of the Year. Lasantha Ruhunage was
presented the Upali Wijewardena Feature Writer of the Year (Sinhala
language) award, Jamila Najmuddin was presented the Upali
Wijewardena Feature Writer of the Year (English language) and
Arasaratnam Rajeevan was presented the Upali Wijewardena Feature
Writer of the Year (Tamil language).
D. B. S. Jeyaraj was awarded the B. A. Siriwardena Columnist
of the Year (English language) honour while P Mahendraraja was
awarded the B. A. Siriwardena Columnist of the Year (Tamil
language). D Charles Peters got the Subramaniyam Chettiar Social
Development Reporter of the Year award and T. M. K. Samat was
named Sports Journalist of the Year.
G. L. Ahamed Nifras was named Business Journalist of the Year
(Tamil language), Ruwan Thilina Samarasingha was Business
Journalist of the Year (Sinhala language) and Mandana Ismail
Abeywickrama was Business Journalist of the Year (English
language). Vincent Jeyam got the Prof K Kailasapathy Award for
Reporting Under Special Circumstances.
There were no awards for Scoop of the Year or Best Journalist
(Sinhala language). The Sepala Gunasena Award for Defending
Press Freedom in Sri Lanka was also not presented.
Five distinguished senior journalists were presented gold
medals for long service. They were W V Abeygunawardhana,
Motagedara Wanigaratna, Hema Gunawardhana, Lesley Dahanayake and