About Us

Media Reform Lanka is an initiative of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London. Ms.Kishali Pinto-Jayawardena, senior human rights advocate, media columnist and Deputy Director of the Colombo-based Law and Society Trust,  is the  principal researcher in Sri Lanka and works in association with Dr. David Page and Dr. William Crawley, Senior Fellows at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies and Co-Directors of the Media South Asia Project (www.mediasouthasia.org ). The initiative is supported by the Ford Foundation.

Ms. Pinto-Jayawardena collaborated with the late Mr TilakJayaratne, former broadcaster and senior executive of the Sri Lanka Radio and Television Corporations (SLBC -Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation - and SLRC - Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation), in developing the Media Reform Lanka Research programme. Kishali Pinto-Jayawardena and Attorney-at-Law Gehan Gunetilleke write on issues of media reform, principally with reference to the print media. The late Tilak Jayaratne and media researcher and former senior broadcaster,Sarath Kellapotha, have written on the political economy of the electronic media in Sri Lanka. A number of articles have also been commissioned from leading academic, legal and media practitioners.

The initiative works closely with Sri Lankan university lecturers and journalism trainers who are key stakeholders.  A team of legal and media researchers is associated with the project in Colombo.