My Samabima interview: තොරතුරු බෙදා ගනිමුද – බදා ගනිමුද?

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Samabima monthly magazine, published by Rights Now human rights advocacy group in Sri Lanka, has carried an interview with me in its December 2015 issue.

In this, I discuss the societal implications of a Right to Information law, which is to be adopted by Sri Lanka’s Parliament in early 2016. I reiterate that we need to see the new law as only the beginning of a long journey. Proper implementation will require adequate political will, administrative support and sufficient public funds. We would also need sustained monitoring by civil society groups and media to guard against the whole process becoming mired in too much red tape.

I also touch on serious inadequacies in our mainstream media that often fail to serve the public interest because of incompetence, arrogance or indifference. In this interview, I coin a phrase ‘Mass Media Brutality’ meted out to victims of crime or discrimination in Sri Lanka — when the media pack descends on an individual or family and unethical, sensational coverage follows.

 

Nalaka Gunawardene interview in Samabima magazine, Dec 2015 issue

Nalaka Gunawardene interview in Samabima magazine, Dec 2015 issue

Read the full issue online at: http://www.scribd.com/doc/293307988/SANHINDA-2015-December

See also: 18 Nov 2015: Right to Information should be a step towards Open Government

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