Professionalism, peace reporting and journalists' safety in Sri Lanka - EJN/MediaWise
The second Press Freedom Forum, organised by the Exiled Journalists’ Network (EJN) in association with MediaWise, focussed on Sri Lanka.
An international fact-finding mission to Sri Lanka in June 2007 reported that journalists in that country are ‘increasingly worried about their safety and the government has done little to protect them - even further endangering their lives’. Comprising five press freedom and media development organisations, including the IFJ, IPI and RSF, the delegation found that 8 months after their first mission in 2006, safety issues were more important than at any stage in the past year and half.
An increasing number of journalists were killed, kidnapped, arrested, assaulted and threatened - especially in conflict zones in the north and east.
The Forum at Portcullis House, Westminster on 10 October 2007 was followed by a media discussion at the Frontline Club on The Media and Human Rights in Sri Lanka. The events was supported by Andy Love MP, Secretary of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Sri Lanka.
The report contains transcriptions of the discussions, and was published in March 2008.
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