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A very brief and deliberately provocative look at mainstream media in Sri Lanka.

A very brief and deliberately provocative look at mainstream media in Sri Lanka.

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  • Media in Sri Lanka
  • Radio
  • TV
  • 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 freelance journalists.
  • Media delivery During war. Sorry, “humanitarian operation”
  • Choice? • Increase in number of channels • Narrowing range of programming • No regional / provincial emphasis • No local media
  • Provincial and community media Compelling examples of community radio: … Great examples of professional provincial journalism: …
  • Dinosaurs and demons Rajapakse regime 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- war.
  • Worms within
  • Legal 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)
  • Advocacy 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
  • Trends 1. Increasing media consumption 2. Fragmentation 3. Participation 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?