Seizing Cameras of Hiru TV is Grave Violation of Professional Rights of Journalists – Free Media Movement
Free Media Movement (FMM) today launches its digital campaign ‘Free Expression for All’ to address the issues related to media and gender, right to information and impunity.
Today 25th of November marks the commencement of 16 days of Activism against Gender Based Violence. A survey conducted by International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) last year, with the support of FMM, revealed that 27% of Women Journalists in Sri Lanka have experienced sexual harassments at their workplaces.
A society without Right to Information could lead to chaos, conflict, and unruly situation due to incorrect, distorted, misinformation spread among its people. For years, though it has been attempted to introduce a Right Information Bill through Parliament, such attempts have been futile due to narrow interests of then ruling governments. Consequently, the Right to Information Bill was included in the present government’s 100 days plan too. However remembering us the myth of ‘Balagiri Doshaya’, RTI Bill remains postponing forever. Through this Social media campaign we attempt to make a people’s voice to influence government as well as to aware public on Right to Information.
In Sri Lanka there has been a long standing tradition of impunity on state violence against journalists which began in 1980’s and heightened in recent years. A number of organizations and social movements have resisted this tradition of impunity, whereas the FMM has been at the forefront of such attempts. The ‘Black January’ movement annually organized by FMM is an outstanding event against Impunity on journalists. This Social Media Campaign extends our struggles at grassroots, to the digital world.
Free Media Movement received the Sepala Gunasekara Award for its consistent advocacy for self regulatory press in Sri Lanka at the Editor’s Guild Awards this year.
Annual Journalism Awards for Excellence Programme was jointly organised by The Editors’ Guild of Sri Lanka (TEGOSL) and the Sri Lanka Press Institute (SLPI) for the 16th year. M. Nihal Seneviratne, Chairman of the Dispute Resolution Council of the Press Complaints Commission of Sri Lanka, was the Chief Guest at this event.
The award ceremony was held on 28th July, at the mount Lavinia Hotel Colombo.
South Asia Solidarity Media Network’s (SAMSN) gender meeting was held in Colombo on 26th July 205. This was gathered under the scope of IFJ Asia-Pacific’s Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs ‘South Asia Media Freedom and Solidarity Project’ and Union to Unions ‘Stronger Unions for Stronger Media’. Local partners of this meeting were South Asian Women in Media (SAWM) and Free MEdia Movement.
The recommendations of the study Inside the News – Challenges and aspirations of Women journalist in Asia and Pacific was discussed at this meetings and further on how to implement the recommendations in each country and also as a region. See the full report here
Free Media Movement (FMM) hosted the meeting as well as the two day SAMSN Digital Campaign Skills training and campaign development meeting , under the scope of IFJ Asia-Pacific’s UNDEF-supported program for 2014-2016, ‘South Asia Media Freedom for Democracy Project’. This activity is also co-funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Union to Union. The training was held on 27 & 28Th July 2015.
Selected members of IFJ affiliated media organisations from Afghanistan, Bhutan, Pakistan, India, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka participated in this training. Training was designed to develop digital campaigns for south asia countries on media freedom.
Prior to this training a local training has also been conducted on digital campaign skills for local participants from across Sri Lanka at Sri Lanka Press Institute. This was also coordinated by FMM.