How free is Lanka's media? SLPI to hold panel talk

The Sri Lanka Press Institute (SLPI) together with local media organizations will commemorate World Press Freedom Day with a panel discussion themed, "Current Challenges facing the media" on May 5 at the SLPI Auditorium from 3.30 p.m onwards.

Chaired by Lakshman Gunasekera, President of South Asia Free Media Association, the speakers at the event include Free Media Movement Secretary Sunil Jayasekara, Peradeniya University's senior lecturer Charitha Herath, Editors' Guild representative Tillekeratne Kuruvita Bandara, Sri Lanka Working Journalists Association General Secretary Poddala Jayantha, and Virakesari Chief Editor R Prabaghan.

The event is held in collaboration with The Editor's Guild of Sri Lanka, Newspaper Society of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka Working Journalists Association, Free Media Movement, Tamil Media Alliance, Sri Lanka Muslim Media Forum, Federation of Media Employees Trade Union and SAFMA Sri Lanka Chapter.
World Press Freedom Day, celebrated every year on May 3, offers an opportunity to evaluate media freedom, highlight the fundamental principles that are associated with it, resist attacks that threaten the independence of the media and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

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