Two Sri Lankans awarded South Asia Journalism Fellowships | Sunday Observer

Two Sri Lankans awarded South Asia Journalism Fellowships

Raisa (L) and Mathanavasam (R) with UK High Commissioner James Dauris
Raisa (L) and Mathanavasam (R) with UK High Commissioner James Dauris

Mathanavasan Paramanantham and Raisa Wickrematunge will be the latest Sri Lankan participants on the British Government’s Chevening South Asia Journalism Fellowship scheme. They will be leaving for the UK in March to undertake a program at the University of Westminster in London.

Titled ‘Good Governance in a Changing World: the Media, Politics and Society’, the program will bring together experienced journalists from around South Asia. The program explores the important role the media has in holding governments, public services, other organisations and people to account, and the different ways in which journalists can do this.

The Fellowship has been open to participants from Sri Lanka since 2017, and this is the third group of fellows travelling to the UK.

The British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka James Dauris told a reception organised to celebrate the new Fellows success , “Good journalism helps to safeguard all of the freedoms that we cherish; it protects public interests; it helps to protect democracy , and keep elections free and fair; it is a vital bulwark against corruption and organised crime”.

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