Qualified and Experienced trainer in
Responsible for Digital Journalism
We are looking for a Qualified and experienced trainer in Responsible Digital Journalism
Target Group: Young & Women Digital Journalists
Workshop details: 2 day X 2 workshop
Workshop 01: 17-18, September 2022
Workshop 02: 24-25, September 2022
No. of Participants per each workshop: 20-25
Target age group: Young Journalists under35 years (men and women) & women
journalists of any age
Project is funded by: IFJ Asia-Pacific
Project organized by: SLWJA – Sri Lanka Working Journalists Association.
Deadline for the application: August 31, 2022
This project will capacitate 50 young and women tech-savvy journalists on the rights and responsibilities
of digital journalism.
Context and need for the project :
Recent political, social, cultural, and economic transformations in Sri Lanka largely affected free media in
Sri Lanka. From Late March (30), until now, at least 15 journalists are either attacked or intimidated. The
MSI study conducted by IREX (2018, 2019, 2020) confirmed that free media is largely affected due to
various factors including impunity, lack of conducive policy, organizational support, and very importantly
lack of training. A large number of young journalists that are producing content for various mainstream
media organizations do not adequately follow globally accepted professional ethics, especially in the
digital media sphere. Young journalists view the digital sphere as an avenue to produce fast news
without adequately checking for accuracy. Similarly, several studies observed that with the male-
dominated media environment, voice, representation, and space for women journalists are either
suppressed or limited. The project proposal by SLWJA strategically addresses these two issues.
If you need to clarify more about this project pl. contact: Athula Disanayaka – Project Coordinator (
Send us your CV: firstname.lastname@example.org
තවදුරටත් ජනමාධ්යය මර්ධනයට,ජනතාවගේ තොරතුරු දැනගැනීමේ අයිතිය හා පුරවැසියන්ගේ ප්රජාතන්ත්රවාදී අයිතිය අහුරන්න ඉඩදෙන්නේ නෑ-දුමින්ද සම්පත්
සටහන : ෆ්රෑන්ක් ද සොයිසා,
තවදුරටත් ජනමාධ්යය මර්ධනයට, ජනතාවගේ තොරතුරු දැනගැනීමේ අයිතිය හා පුරවැසියන්ගේ ප්රජාතන්ත්රවාදී අයිතිය අහුරන්න ඉඩදෙන්නේ නෑ.
ආණ්ඩුවේ අනීතික අත් අඩංගුවට ගැනීම් සහ මාධ්ය මර්ධනයට එරෙහිව ශ්රී ලංකා වෘත්තීය ජනමාධ්යවේදීන්ගේ සංගමය මගින් 2022-07-28 දින සංගම් මූලස්ථානයේදී පැවති මාධ්ය හමුවේදී එම සංගමයේ සභාපති දුමින්ද සම්පත් මහතා එසේ පැවසීය. තවදුරටත් අදහස් දක්වමින් ඒ මහතා පවසා සිටියේ ජනතාවගේ දැවෙන ප්රශ්ණ වලට විසඳුම් ලබා දීමට පැවති රජය අපොහොසත්වීම හේතුවෙන් ජනතාව තුළ ඇතිවූ පීඩනය අරගලයක් බවට පෙරළී, සාමකාමී ජන අරගලයක් ලෙස ගෝල්ෆේස් පිටියේ ස්ථාපිත වූ අතර, එහි ප්රතිඵලයක් ලෙස අගමැතිවරයා ප්රමුඛ ඇමති මණ්ඩලයට ඉල්ලා අස්වීමට සිදුවූ අතර 69 ලක්ෂයක් ජනතාවගේ ඡන්දයෙන් පත්වූ ජනාධිපතිවරයාට සිය තනතුර අතහැර රටින් පළායෑමටද සිදුවූ බවය.
ඉන්පසු ඇතිවුණ ව්යවස්ථාමය තත්ත්වයන් මගින් නව ජනාධිපතිවරයෙකු පත්වීමෙන් පසු රාජ්ය මර්ධනය ජනතාව මත මුදාහරිමින් අනීතික ලෙස පුද්ගලයන් අත් අඩංගුවට ගැනීම් සහ පහරදීම් සිදුවෙන බවත්, ඒවා වාර්තාකරණයේ යෙදී සිටින මාධ්යවේදීන්, විශේෂයෙන් නව මාධ්යය භාවිතාකරන මාධ්යවේදීන් ඉතා දරුණු ලෙස හිරිහැරයට ලක්වෙන බවත් දුමින්ද සම්පත් මහතා තවදුරටත් පැවසීය.
ශ්රී ලංකා චෘත්තීය ජනමාධ්යවේදීන්ගේ සංගමය සැමවිටම මේ රටේ ප්රජාතන්ත්රවාදය, ජනමාධ්ය නිදහස සහ පුරවැසියන්ගේ ප්රකාශනයේ හා භාෂණයේ නිදහස වෙනුවෙන් පෙනී සිටි බවත් ඒ හේතුවෙන් සංගමයේ හිටපු නිළධාරීන්ට අනේක විධ දුක් ගැහැට වලට මුහුණදීමට සිදු වූ බවත් බොහෝ දෙනෙක් රට හැර යන තත්ත්වයට පත් වූ බවත් පැවසූ සභාපතිවරයා, මාධ්යය මර්ධනය ඉතා දරුණු ලෙසින් සිදුවෙන මේ මොහොතේ ජාත්යන්තර මාධ්යවේදීන්ගේ සම්මේලනය හරහා ආණ්ඩුවේ අනීතික ක්රියාවන් පිළිබඳව ලෝකය දැනුවත් කිරීමටත්, ඒ හරහා ජනමාධ්යවේදීන්ට හා රටේ පුරවැසියන්ට සාධාරණය ඉටුකිරීමට අවශ්ය සියළු මැදිහත්වීම් සිදුකරන බවත් පැවසීය.
සංගමයේ ජාතික සංවිධායක ශාන්ත විජේසූරිය මහතා අදහස් දක්වමින් කියා සිටියේ රාජපක්ෂ රෙජීමය රට පාලනය කරන අවධියේ යුද්ධයට මුවා වී උතුරේ ජනතාව මෙන්ම ජනමාධ්යවේදීන් විශාල වශයෙන් ඝාතනයට ලක්වූ බවය.
මාධ්යවේදී ලසන්ත වික්රමතුංග ඝාතනය, ප්රගීත් එක්නැළිගොඩ අතුරුදන් කරවීම, පෝද්දල ජයන්ත පැහැරගෙන ගොස් පහරදීම වැනි සිදුවීම් සෙවීමට පරීක්ෂණ පැවැත්වීම සඳහා කොමිසම් පත්කළත් එම සිදුවීම් වලට වගකිවයුතු හමුදා නිළධාරීන්ට හෝ දේශපාලනඥයන්ට එරෙහිව කිසිදු ක්රියාමාර්ගයක් නොගත් බවත්, රාජපක්ෂ ආණ්ඩු කාලයන් තුළ සිට මිනිසුන්ගේ සිත් තුළ කැකෑරුණු විරෝධය විසින් මේ රටේ විධායක ජනාධිපතිවරයෙකු ගෙදර යැවූ බවත් ඔහු පැවසීය.
පත් වූ ජනාධිපති රනිල් වික්රමසිංහ හමුදාව යොදවා අරගල භූමියේ සිටි ආබාධිත සෙබලුන්, ආබාධිත පුරවැසියන්, කාන්තාවන්, දරුවන් සහ දෙස් විදෙස් මාධ්යවේදීන්ට පහර දුන් බවද, එසේ පහරදුන් සෙබළුන් අතර පැරා මිලිටරි කණ්ඩායමක් සිටි බවට බරපතල සැකයක් මතුවී ඇති බවද හෙතෙම පැවසීය.
ගාළු මුවදොර අරගලය ලෝක ඉතිහාසයේ මෙතෙක් පැවති ඉතාම අවිහිංසක අරගලය වන අතර, අරගල කරුවන් ඉල්ලා සිටින ‘ක්රමයේ වෙනස’ සිදුකිරීමෙන් මෙම ප්රශ්ණය නිරාකරණය කරගත හැකි බවද ශාන්ත විජේසූරිය මහතා පැවසීය.
සංගමයේ භාණ්ඩාගාරික ටී. නඩරාසා මහතා දමිල බසින් මාධ්යය හමුව ඇමතූ අතර, කමිටු සාමාජික අසන්ත බණ්ඩාර මහතාද මේ අවස්ථාවට එක්විය.
ඡායාරූප : සජිත්
Sri Lanka Working Journalists Association (SLWJA) with Jaffna Press Club commemorated Black January by displaying protest boards in front of the Jaffna Main Bus Stand. In addition, leaflets were distributed among public to make them aware of the situation.
This years’ theme of Black January is ‘TO ENSURE JUSTICE FOR JOURNALISTS WHO WERE MURDERED, FORCIBLY DISAPPEARED, ASSAULTED AND THREATENED.
It is a pleasure to state that a great support was received from Journalists as well as civilians in Jaffna to make this event success
Sri Lanka Working Journalists Association (SLWJA) together with other media organizations made arrangements to display protest boards on the 28th January 2022 (today) at 3.00pm in front of the Fort Railway Station to mark Black January under the theme of
‘ENSURE JUSTICE TO JOURNALISTS WHO MURDERED, FORCIBLY DISAPPEARED, ASSAULTED AND THREATENED’.
In addition , leaflets were also distributed to make the public aware of the situation.
Earlier SLWJA was planned to held a protest in front of the Fort Railway Station but it had to be limited to display protest boards due to health regulations imposed by the government to avoid spread of COVID-19.
29th November 2021
Mr. Dullas Alahapperuma
Hon. Minister of Mass Media
Ministry of Mass Media
No. 150, Polhengoda Road
Kirulapone, Colombo 5
INHUMAN ATTACK ON JOURNALIST VISHWALINGAM VISHWACHANDRAN
Sri Lanka Working Journalists’ Association (SLWJA) draw your attention to the incident of the brutal attack on Mr. Vishwalingam Vishwachandran, Provincial Journalist of Mullaitivu Press Club, by several troops of the 59th Division of Sri Lanka Army, while taking photographs of Mullivaikkal name board for an official purpose, on the 27th November 2021.
According to a complaint lodged by Mr.Vishwalingam Vishwachandran, three Army personnel arrested by the Police have been released on bail after being produced in court and the seriously injured journalist is receiving treatment at the Mullaitivu District Hospital.
SLWJA strongly condemn this incident and urge you to draw your attention to this matter and take steps to legally punish those responsible through an impartial inquiry. Also SLWJA kindly request you to make the necessary arrangements to prevent such incidents in the future.
Duminda Sampath Frank De Zoysa
Cc. Ms. Jane Worthington, Director -International Federation of Journalists (Asia Pacific)
General Shavendra Silva, Commander of the Sri Lanka Army
Mr. C.D. Wickramarathne, Inspector General of Police
30TH OCTOBER AND 6th NOVEMBER 2021
Certificate Course in Journalism conducted by Sri Lanka Working Journalists Association in association with the International Federation of Journalists was successfully completed. 50 Journalists/trainee journalists/journalism students were participated and the Certificate Course covered with the following topics :
- Cyber Security (By Haritha Dahanayaka)
- News Photography (By Kanchane Marasinghe)
- Ethics for Media (By Lasantha Ruhunage)
- Rights & Responsibilities of Journalists (By Duminda Sampath)
A global coalition supporting Filipino journalist Maria Ressa has welcomed the dismissal of cyber-libel charges against the Rappler CEO and founder. It is the second spurious charge against Ressa to be dropped in just two months. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), its affiliate the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) and the #HoldTheLine coalition call for all remaining charges to be immediately dropped and the endless pressure against Ressa and Rappler to be ceased.
In a hearing on August 10, a Manila court dismissed the case “with prejudice” after the complainant, college professor Ariel Pineda, informed the court he no longer wished to pursue the cyber-libel claim against Ressa and Rappler reporter Rambo Talabong. The move follows the dismissal on June 1 of a separate spurious cyber-libel case brought by businessman Wilfredo Keng, also “with prejudice” after Keng indicated he did not wish to continue to pursue the claim.
The #HTL steering committee said: “We welcome the overdue withdrawal of this trumped-up charge against Maria Ressa, which was the latest in a cluster of cases intended to silence her independent reporting. We call for the remaining charges against Ressa and Rappler to be dropped without further delay, and other forms of pressure against them immediately ceased.”
Ressa was convicted on a prior spurious cyberlibel charge in June 2020, based on a complaint made by Wilfredo Keng in connection with Rappler’s reporting on his business activities. If the charge is not overturned on appeal, Ressa faces a possible six years in prison. Ressa and Rappler are also facing six other charges, including criminal tax charges; if convicted on all of these, Ressa could be looking at many years cumulatively in prison.
The #HTL coalition, of which the IFJ is a member, continues to urge supporters around the world to add their voices to a continuous online protest that will stream until the charges against Ressa and Rappler are dropped, and to don a #HTL mask in solidarity. The joint #HTL petition also remains open for signature.
The NUJP welcomes the dismissal of the cyber libel case against Maria Ressa and journalist, Rambo Talabong, but noted again that this was just one of many cases filed against her and Rappler.
NUJP Chairperson, Jonathan De Santos said: “While this is a welcome development, libel and cyber libel remain a threat to press freedom and to media workers. We join in their relief that the case has been dismissed and join them as well in the continuing call to decriminalize libel. That someone can be jailed for a story is a throwback to colonial times and is incompatible with the freedoms of the press and of speech that are essential to democracy.”
The IFJ said: “The dismissal of the cyber libel charge against Maria Ressa is the right step forward for journalist rights in the Philippines, however, the IFJ calls for the government to drop the remaining charges and to allow Ressa to report without fear of harassment or arrest.”
Note: The #HTL Coalition comprises more than 80 organisations around the world.
Image – Philippine journalist Maria Ressa speaks to members of the media as she arrives to a court in Manila on March 4, 2021. Credit: Maria Tan / AFP
Ghulam Qadir Shar, a Pakistani journalist, working for Time News and Daily Panhanji Akhbar, was attacked by a local political leader’s supporters in Sanghar, Sindh province. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its Pakistan affiliate, the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), call on the Pakistani authorities to provide justice for the journalist and create security mechanisms to ensure the safety of all journalists in Pakistan.
Ghulam Qadir Shar was attacked by the sons and supporters of Kamal Uddin Shar while returning home on August 13. Kamal Uddin Shar is the local leader of the Pakistan People’s Party in Workshop City, Sanghar and a prominent landlord. Ghulam Qadir Shar was severely beaten and received emergency medical treatment at Civil Hospital Hyderabad for brain damage. Doctors referred Ghulam Qadir Shar to the Civil Hospital Karachi for intensive medical treatment, where he is currently in the ICU.
Ghulam Qadir Shar recently reported on Kamal Uddin Shar conducting illegal Jirga, an outlawed traditional meeting where a landlord decides on a dispute between two parties.
The inspector general of Sindh Police, Mushtaq Maher has noted the incident and filed a case under the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC). Police are yet to arrest Ghulam Qadir Shar’s attackers.
IFJ’s affiliate, PFUJ, urges authorities to arrest the nominated culprits and put them behind bars. PFUJ also called for free medical treatment for the injured journalist and financial assistance for his family.
The PFUJ said: “The PFUJ stands with the injured journalist Ghulam Qadir Shar and strongly condemns this brutalness against a journalist just for performing his professional duty.”
The IFJ said: “The IFJ urges Pakistan’s authorities to ensure the safety of the journalists in the country and to fulfil their international obligation regarding freedom of the press. The perpetrators of this heinous attack against Ghulam must be held accountable.”
After a week of steady gains by Taliban militants, who captured dozens of cities across Afghanistan in a lightning offensive, the country’s capital of Kabul fell to Taliban control on August 15. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) sent a message of solidarity and strength to the country’s media community and urges governments and the international community to provide urgent support and protection to Afghan media workers.
As President Ashraf Ghani fled the country via aircraft, Taliban militants poured into the capital late on August 15, meeting little resistance from security forces and sending the city into chaos as tens of thousands of people attempted to escape via land and air. Thousands of people later swamped the international airport, attempting to flee and thrust the facility into chaos. Two decades after being ousted from power, the Taliban was back in control of the country.
Over the past 90 days, as provinces and districts were seized by Taliban groups, radio networks across the country have also shut down accompanied by violence and threats against media workers. Many media staff fled for fear of losing their lives for working at stations targeted for broadcasting music, supporting female workers and news reporters. Any stations left operating are understood to be now following the instructions of the Taliban.
IFJ affiliate, the Afghanistan Independent Journalists Association (AIJA) said that 18 of the country’s 34 provinces were now “under strong influence of Taliban” and “almost all of the workers and activists have left their homes and escaped”. It said at least 140 media outlets were now “disabled” in the provinces of Herat, Badghis, Ghor, Uruzgan, Zabul, nimroz, Jawzjan, Kunduz, Sare Pul, Takhar, Samangan, Farah, Baghlan, Badakshan, Ghazni, Helmand, Kandahar, Logar and Wardak. Over 1,200 journalists and media workers have lost their jobs, with many more under threat.
Across the country, journalists now face continuing serious threats because of their work, particularly those who have made high-profile reports with war lords or high-ranking officials. Women media workers remain a critical concern. In recent months, hundreds of women media workers have been forced to flee the country, been banned from working or even subjected to targeted murderous attacks. Since the beginning of 2021, at least 30 media workers have been killed, wounded or tortured in the country.
The IFJ said: “All media professionals covering the situation in Afghanistan are currently risking their lives and remain a grave concern. The IFJ and journalists around the world are sending the messages of solidarity and support in the uncertain and devastating days, weeks and months ahead.”
In 20 years, Afghanistan’s expansion of freedom of expression, journalism and media development had been one of its biggest achievements. At the same time, hundreds of national and international journalists lost their lives in the course of carrying out their professional duties.
The AIJA said: “We are really thankful to the international communities that they have been providing all these assistances to Afghanistan journalism community.”
The IFJ is working urgently with its affiliates, the Afghan Independent Journalists’ Association (AIJA) and Afghanistan’s National Journalists Union (ANJU), to provide emergency support to help journalists take protective measures and seek safety.
IFJ and its affiliates are also lobbying governments in a number of countries to provide emergency visas and logistical support to enable those most at threat to leave the country. Affiliates in neighbouring countries are working to develop avenues of support and ensure safe passage for journalists forced to leave the country.
The US government has already made journalists eligible for a visa program that could allow them to leave the country but most are yet to be evacuated.
The acting interim chief executive of the US Agency for Global Media, which oversees broadcasters, said in an email on August 15 that the agency was “doing everything in our power to protect” journalists and “will not back down in our mission to inform, engage, and connect Afghans in support of freedom and democracy.”
The IFJ has established a special Afghanistan Solidarity Fund within the IFJ Safety Fund to channel further support and urge those who can donate. All funds raised will go directly to providing support to Afghan colleagues.
The IFJ said: “The unravelling humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan is deeply devastating and the IFJ extends solidarity to journalists, media workers and activists who have bravely conducted their work throughout the conflict. The IFJ calls on Taliban leaders to exercise restraint and stand by their word that media workers will not be targeted.”
The IFJ also said: “After 20 years of international intervention in Afghanistan, the global community has a duty to acknowledge the vital work of journalists, media workers and other human rights defenders, but also to do the utmost to protect them for that professionalism and sacrifice at tremendous personal risk. The IFJ urges governments around the world to act and provide support to media workers in Afghanistan and those who have fled to ensure they are safe.”
Image -A US military helicopter is pictured flying above the US embassy in Kabul on August 15, 2021. Credit: Wakil KOHSAR / AFP
Hon. Keheliya Rambukwella MP,
Minister of Information and Mass Media,
Ministry of Information and Mass Media,
Concerning the problems faced by journalists in the face of the spreading Covid-19 pandemic
As you know, the majority of journalists working in many media institutions live outside the Colombo District. Most of them use public transportation, such as bus or train, to get to their workplaces. In the face of the prevailing Covid-19 pandemic situation, they are at a higher risk of contracting the disease by using public transportation. They must also provide themselves with the minimum hygiene equipment they need, such as masks and sanitizers. They have to travel to different places to engage in media work, which also puts them at high risk of contracting the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Sri Lanka Working Journalists’ Association (SLWJA) has called on all media outlets to provide transportation and personal hygiene equipment to their employees in the early stages of the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has not been met. Our Association regrets that these facilities are not provided, at least in the state media.
The situation of local and freelance journalists is also deplorable. Many media outlets have fired those who worked on a contract basis and as freelancers for their organizations, claiming that they were making a loss. The monthly income of many freelance journalists has fallen below the Rs. 15000/00 limit due to reductions of allowances.
Therefore, SLWJA kindly request you to make arrangements for the provision of face masks and sanitizers, which are essential minimum hygiene equipment for journalists, working in all media institutions.
We also urge you to give priority to journalists in vaccinating against the Covid-19 pandemic and to intervene to ensure that this is done within the media outlrts. The public’s right to know information is also being hampered as a significant number of journalists and media personnel are already infected with Covid-19.
Furthermore, many journalists have faced problems in repaying the ‘Media Aruna‘ loan given to them by the Ministry of Mass Media and Information. If any concessions are made for this purpose, SLWJA would appreciate it.
Since many journalists today work in the media through the Internet, finally, SLWJA respectfully request you to intervene to provide a special Any time Data Package for mobile phone SIMs provided to journalists by the Department of Government Information at a reasonable price.