All that’s ﬁt to print?
Lake House is main sewer for Government
Over seven private media establishments.
Some are sewers for political parties.
Over 4,000 working journalists. No data on
During war. Sorry, “humanitarian operation”
• Increase in number of channels
• Narrowing range of programming
• No regional / provincial emphasis
• No local media
Compelling examples of community radio:
Great examples of professional provincial
Owners and editors are old (men), stubborn
and often with congenital learning disorders
No FOE. No RTI. High self-censorship. No
professionalism. No idea what to report post-
Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited Law No 28 of 1973
Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation Act No 37 of 1966 (SLBC Act)
Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation Act No 6 of 1982
Sri Lanka Press Council Law No 5 of 1973
Ofﬁcial Secrets Act No 32 of 1955
Public Security Ordinance No 25 of 1947
Prevention of Terrorism Act No 48 of 1979 (PTA)
Free Media Movement (FMM)
Editors Guild of Sri Lanka
The Newspaper (Publishers) Society
Federation of Media Employees Trade Union (FMETU)
Sri Lanka Working Journalists Association (SLWJA)
Sri Lanka College of Journalism
1. Increasing media consumption
4.New revenue models
5. Young consumers
6.Broadband and mobiles
And the question is...
Can government control media post-war?
Technically more difﬁcult with new media
Physical threats can contain and curtail
Economics of new media - sustainability?