International Mission to assess media situation in Sri Lanka

The Sri Lanka Press Institute (SLPI), together with International Media Support (IMS) in Denmark and the Open Society Foundation, is organising an International Assessment Mission to Sri Lanka by leading media development and advocacy organisations from the May 8 – 14.

The Mission comprises senior level representatives from Article 19, Centre for Law and Democracy in Canada, International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), Open Society Foundation, South Asia Media Solidarity Network (SAMSN), UNESCO and IMS.

During the seven days, the Mission will meet key political leaders, senior government officials and media industry stakeholders, as well as have consultations with academics, media researchers and civil society groups. This itinerary will also include a visit to Jaffna to meet a cross section of journalists and academics in the North.

The Mission will coincide with the National Media Summit being organised by the Ministry of Mass Media and Information, University of Colombo, SLPI and IMS, scheduled for May 13 – 14 at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute, Colombo 7.

Based on stakeholder consultations, the Mission plans to assess the media situation in Sri Lanka and identify the main challenges, opportunities and needs.

This process will result in specific recommendations to be discussed further at the National Media Summit, and to be considered for international support in media sector reforms and development.

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