SLPI refutes allegations made by

The Sri Lanka Press Institute (SLPI) strongly refutes the prominently displayed front page story of today’s (June 26, 2008) Dinamina newspaper titled: “Eight Tigers sent to Norway under journalist label” as baseless, misleading and factually incorrect.

The SLPI has decided to take legal action against the publication of the article and is in the process of consulting our lawyers.

The SLPI this morning made a formal complaint to the Ministerial Sub Committee on Media issues.

The SLPI which is committed to the enhancement of professional standards of Sri Lankan journalists conducts training programs both local and foreign. The selection criteria for these training programs are carried out according to accepted standards with the fullest transparency and accountability.

There was no training program carried out by the SLPI in Denmark in the year 2007 as reported by the Dinamina newspaper. Applications were called on 05th September 2007 for a training program in the capital of Denmark, Copenhagen titled ‘Media and Democracy.’

Approximately 100 journalists from television, radio and print media applied, out of which 20 were selected. The 20 journalists attended the six-week training course from the 01st of April to May 03rd 2008. All of them returned to the country on May 04, 2008 on board the same flight.

What is reported in the Dinamina that 10 Sinhala and 10 Tamil journalists participated in this training program is also incorrect. Only five Tamil journalists were selected and of them only one is from Jaffna. These journalists submitted a letter from the Head of their institutions confirming that they were employed by those institutions.

The other occasion, the SLPI sent Sri Lankan journalists for training in Denmark was in 2006. On that occasion 20 journalists including four journalists from Jaffna attended the same program. All of them returned to the country.
SLPI refutes allegations made by
the Dinamina Newspaper

The Sri Lanka Press Institute (SLPI) strongly refutes the prominently displayed front page story of today’s (June 26, 2008) Dinamina newspaper titled: “Eight Tigers sent to Norway under journalist label” as baseless, misleading and factually incorrect.

The SLPI has decided to take legal action against the publication of the article and is in the process of consulting our lawyers.

The SLPI this morning made a formal complaint to the Ministerial Sub Committee on Media issues.

The SLPI which is committed to the enhancement of professional standards of Sri Lankan journalists conducts training programs both local and foreign. The selection criteria for these training programs are carried out according to accepted standards with the fullest transparency and accountability.

There was no training program carried out by the SLPI in Denmark in the year 2007 as reported by the Dinamina newspaper. Applications were called on 05th September 2007 for a training program in the capital of Denmark, Copenhagen titled ‘Media and Democracy.’

Approximately 100 journalists from television, radio and print media applied, out of which 20 were selected. The 20 journalists attended the six-week training course from the 01st of April to May 03rd 2008. All of them returned to the country on May 04, 2008 on board the same flight.

What is reported in the Dinamina that 10 Sinhala and 10 Tamil journalists participated in this training program is also incorrect. Only five Tamil journalists were selected and of them only one is from Jaffna. These journalists submitted a letter from the Head of their institutions confirming that they were employed by those institutions.

The other occasion, the SLPI sent Sri Lankan journalists for training in Denmark was in 2006. On that occasion 20 journalists including four journalists from Jaffna attended the same program. All of them returned to the country.

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