Among 179 countries in the world, Sri Lanka has been placed 162 in the World Press Freedom Index in 2013. This is the worst rating reported from a SAARC country, and this is a score that is below even Afganistan. Among the Commonwealth states, Sri Lanka ranked 49th out of 53 member-states. During the past few years, attacks were less common but persecutions and official censorship of independent news websites were frequent. This has created a practice of self-censorship among the journalists, in the backdrop of killings of 9 journalists during the period before the end of the civil war and due to the culture of impunity.
In our struggle for freedom of expression, we have initiated a programme to strengthen the capacity of media personnel by increasing their safety level in performing their professional activities.
The programme consists of three major components;
i) Physical Safety of Journalists
ii) Digital Security
iii) Legal Assistance Programme for Journalists
In the process of training of journalists for safety measures in their professional activities, we have trained 14 trainers who are conduct workshops for journalists around the country. The training was held from 17th to 20th January 2014 at Colombo. The 14 trainers shall engage in training groups of provincial journalists during this year.
Click below links to download the English training materials;
For further information, contact us on 0777-878579