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Media 'has a duty to build democracy'
Seminar hears of increasing challenges to the political reporter's roleJournalist Sita Ranjani addressing the seminar
- ucanews.com reporter, Colombo
- Sri Lanka
- May 4, 2011
The challenges must not stop honest reporting, said Gamini Viyangoda, a well-known political analyst and journalist.
"The role of the journalist is to provide informative reports to motivate reader to dialogue,ÔÇŁ he said.
Hundreds of right activists, peace makers, clergy, editors and reporters joined the packed seminar, organized by Free Media Movement (FMM) in Colombo yesterday.
But one speaker said that the job of the political journalist was becoming harder.
ÔÇťJournalists who write about democratic rights are being threatened," ┬áLakshman Gunasekera, a senior journalist and president of the Sri Lanka chapter of the South Asian Free Media Association, said.
Attendees also remembered the 35 reporters, who were killed between 2004 and 2009. Many disappeared. Participants particularly honored journalist and lawyer Christian Lasantha Wicramatunga who was murdered for exposing corruption.
FMM also┬álaunched a book Martyrs of Freedom of Expression in Sri Lanka, in Tamil, Sinhalese and English and distributed it free of charge.
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