Heroes Heal Deep Ethnic Conflict through National and Community Media

A group of people in CAR hold up portable radios

In the third of a series celebrating our 2016 Heroes of Free Expression, we visit two countries seeking to heal the wounds of protracted civil war and ethnic conflict - Sri Lanka and the Central African Republic.

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Tharindu Jayawardhana, Sri Lanka

Why he's a heroTharindu uses the new media freedoms in his country to build partnerships across ethnic and linguistic barriers, writing stories about northern Tamil war veterans for the countries largest circulation Sinhalese newspaper.

Radio Bridge to Peace: Central African Republic
Why they are heroes: In a country divided by religious and sectarian violence, a radio station rebuilds with a joint Muslim/Christian steering committee, modeling cooperation in the war torn city of Bambari.

"The station not only shares accurate and useful information for living safely together, but it is a true community-owned resource with mixed local staff and programs." 

—  Mathias Manirakiza, Internews’ director in CAR

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