(Lanka-e-News- 11.Feb.2015, 7.00PM) Sage, India has released the first comprehensive study that analyses the evolution of the media in post-colonial Sri Lanka. Published by Sage, the book, edited by William Crawley, David Page, and Kishali Pinto-Jayawardena is titled Embattled Media: ‘Democracy, Governance and Reform in Sri Lanka’. Contributors to the publication include experienced practitioners in public law, analysts, media academics, and leading journalists and broadcasters.
The Media Reform Lanka Initiative based at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies at London University yesterday launched its website http://www.mediareformlanka.com which aims to broaden and inform the perspectives in which media law, media policy and regulation are debated and determined in Sri Lanka and the wider South Asian region.
The Initiative seeks to promote Media Reform as a curriculum subject in educational institutions and to build up expertise in the subject both academically and among other key stakeholder groups. In an age of increasing globalisation and convergence, it aims to inform civil society of the importance of issues of media policy and law for freedom of expression and the safeguarding of the public interest. It also aims to widen the constituency which understands the changing international and technological context of the media in the early twenty first century.
The Media Reform Lanka website incorporates the results of a research Initiative which has involved a range of Sri Lankan institutions, scholars and media practitioners and has developed new writing on these important themes. The Media Reform Lanka research team has worked closely with educational and media institutions in Sri Lanka with a view to developing new curricula in Media Policy, Regulation and Law. The website provides content to support the teaching of such curricula and an accessible guide to the issues for different stakeholder groups. The Initiative focuses on the national context and circumstances of Sri Lanka and the existing capacity of institutions of higher education and training in the field of journalism, communication and the media as well as those devoted to the analysis of public policy. A secondary objective is to increase expertise and to promote greater understanding of problems common to South Asian countries and greater cooperation in finding solutions to them.
The website also offers an archive of research material – exegesis and analysis – generated by the research team and structured in a way that will give added value to post graduate students and faculty staff working in the field, and provide an accessible resource for civil society organisations and professionals in Sri Lanka, and other parts of South Asia.