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Sri Lanka’s Center for Investigative Reporting ceremonial launch today


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  • Keynote speech by Iqbal Athas

Addressing a long-felt vacuum, Sri Lanka will launch the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) at a ceremony today (30) at ‘The Lighthouse’ Auditorium of the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute in Colombo.

Iqbal Athas
 
Amal Jayasinghe
 
Hana Ibrahim
 
Amantha Perera



Iqbal Athas, Consultant Editor – Defence Correspondent and Political Editor, The Sunday Times of Sri Lanka will deliver the keynote speech, followed by a panel discussion on ‘Re-imagining Investigative Reporting in Sri Lanka’. 

The panellists are Hana Ibrahim, Editor, Daily/Weekend Express; Amal Jayasinghe, Bureau Chief, AFP; and Amantha Perera, Asia-Pacific Coordinator, DART Center for Journalism and Trauma, Columbia University. Moderator of the panel is Shan Wijetunga, Director, Sri Lanka College of Journalism.

“The Center is a collective effort of a group of journalists and media trainers who wish to raise the bar in Sri Lankan journalism. The Center is conceptualised and driven by Sri Lankan journalists for journalists here,” CIR Executive Director Dilrukshi Handunnetti said.

“We wish to support ground-breaking investigative reporting initiatives, adhering to the highest global professional standards,” Handunnetti said.

“The Center is committed to fostering investigative journalism in Sri Lanka by working with newsrooms to enhance existing talent and by nurturing the next generation of investigative journalists who will represent the industry’s highest standards and equipped to challenge the culture of self-censorship by speaking truth to power,” she said.

The Center has been recognised by the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) as a member.  GIJN is an international association of non-profit organisations that support, promote and produce investigative journalism.” Its membership is open to “non-profits, NGOs, and educational organisations” that are active in investigative reporting and data journalism.

 

Shan Wijetunga
Dilrukshi Handunnetti

 


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