(MENAFN – Colombo Gazette) A Sri Lankan journalist was among those selected for the Canadian-British Media Freedom Award, the British High Commission in Sri Lanka said today.
On 16 November 2020, François-Philippe Champagne, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Dominic Raab, Britain’s First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, announced the winners of the Canadian-British inauguration. Media Freedom Award to recognize journalists, individuals and organizations who actively promote and protect media freedom around the world.
Among the top five selected, out of more than 60 global nominations, are the Association of Belarusian (Belarusian) Journalists, Centro de Investigacion y Capacitacion Propuesta Civica (Mexico), SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom (Lebanon), Dr. Ranga Kalansooriya (Sri Lanka) and Mary Ajith Goch (South Sudan).
Dr Ranga Kalansooriya is one of Sri Lanka’s pioneers in promoting journalist safety, media freedom and freedom of expression (FoE). He currently serves as Asia Regional Advisor for International Media Support (IMS), for policy advocacy, research and capacity building in Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Pakistan, the Philippines and Indonesia.
The Belarusian Journalists Association, was jointly announced as the winner during this year’s Global Conference for Media Freedom, which was held virtually on November 16, 2020, and hosted by Canada and Botswana. The conference builds on the success of its inaugural session held in London, United Kingdom, in 2019.
The formation of the Media Freedom Award is part of the Canada-UK effort to encourage international action in improving the safety of journalists around the world. The UK and Canada firmly believe that free and independent media are an essential component of a functioning society, leading to greater stability and prosperity. (Colombo Gazette)
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