Politics, Law and the Media in Sri Lanka
Kishali Pinto-Jayawardena, Lawyer and Media Columnist
Chair: Charu Lata Hogg, Associate Fellow, Asia Programme, Chatham House
The speaker will argue that the energetic media industry which distinguished post-independence Sri Lanka has significantly deteriorated. She will suggest that this decline is partially due to the country’s ethnic and civil conflict, but that the mainstream media themselves have been complicit in the breakdown of the rule of law and the marginalization of minority voices. She will conclude by critically examining the government’s recent interaction with the media, calling into question the latter’s commitment to reform.