(This story was originally posted on Medium)
The small town of Welikanda is in one of the worst drought-hit areas of Sri Lanka. Water is trucked in by the government every few days, but it’s barely enough for cooking and drinking. Bathing is done in a nearby lake, which on some days is completely dry.
This booklet is an effort to share some ideas and available best practices for gender-sensitive journalism. It makes no attempt to abolish words or alter established texts but seeks to promote equality in the use of language and proposes proactive consideration of professional alternatives to foster creative and persuasive use of language equity, in a fair and inclusive manner.
Read the booklet: Getting the Words Right
Sri Lankan journalist Vasantha Mary, a One Sri Lanka Fellow, was recognized for producing the best Tamil feature article published in the month of July 2016. She was recognized by Lakehouse, one of Sri Lanka’s leading newspaper groups. Its monthly Ran Salakuna (Golden Mark) program recognizes the outstanding work of journalists working in the Sinhala, Tamil and English newspapers owned by the group. Vasantha works at Thinakaran newspaper and was previously employed at Virakesari, a leading Tamil daily.
Kaushalye, a reporter for the Sinhala language newspaper Lankadeepa in Sri Lanka, had planned to purchase a drone to photograph weddings and other events. He had never heard about using drones for journalism until he attended a workshop in Mount Lavinia. Kaushalye’s interest was kindled – he said he found the rules and regulations and ethics components especially useful.
Sri Lanka is embracing a more democratic and open government and with that comes the opportunity to use media and information to advance social goals.
Young Journalists in Sri Lanka Excel in Reporting on Deadly Landslides
Reporting on disasters where people have lost lives and homes requires providing accurate and clear information to survivors. It also requires being respectful and sensitive about the trauma survivors have experienced. A group of young reporters took these standards to heart when they reported on the catastrophic landslides caused by Tropical Storm Roanu that hit Sri Lanka in May.
(This article in the Khmer Times is a re-print of a Medium article by Internews about harassment of women journalists in Sri Lanka.)
The year 2012 was still a dangerous time to be a journalist in Sri Lanka. The 27-year civil war ended in May 2009, but the president who oversaw the final stages of the war, Mahinda Rajapaksa, continued to rule over this island nation of 21 million with an iron hand.
In Sri Lanka, the government has promised widespread media reforms. In this hopeful moment, however, sexual harassment and intimidation both online and offline remains one of the most powerful barriers to women's participation in media. Renowned Sri Lankan journalist Dilrukshi Handunnetti is trying to change that:
“If you are an equal opportunity employer, you should ensure that you are not only hiring, you are making the conditions so that women can stay on, work and progress.”