Indira’s Speech

I am delighted to participate in IFJ’s regional online organising conference – FUTURE POWER: Organising media in challenging times. I am representing the Federation of Media Employees Trade Unions –FMETU Sri Lanka.

It is also very important that this event is focusing on impunity to mark the International Day to End Impunity.

IFJ congratulates Ressa and Muratov journalists for receiving Nobel Peace Prize

Filipino and Russian journalists, Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov, were today announced as the winners of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize for “their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace”. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) welcomes the news and warmly congratulates the winners, saying that this award is a recognition of the crucial role of journalists around the globe, many of whom are faced with tremendous challenges to serve the public in their countries and the world.

The drum-makers of Kooragala

n a far-flung village in the District of Kandy, a village of drum-makers holds fast to old traditions and an ancient craft

Through a tree-lined road one cool misty morning, we made our way to a tiny village that is still the heart and soul of one of Sri Lanka’s most unique cultural traditions. The village of Kooragala, in the Udunuwara Divisional Secretariat of the Kandy District, is nestled upon a small mountain range.

Salary dispute of estate workers

By Indunil Usgoda Arachchi

After nearly 200 years after the arrival in Sri Lanka, estate workers can still be considered as a community which does not possess the rights and privileges of other ordinary citizens of the country, forcing them to live a miserable life which can only be compared to the conditions of the pre-Independence era. In fact, their grievances are heard only upon signing collective agreements once in two years while their struggle for life is not something which arises only once in two years. The system of delaying collective agreements by years and offering paltry salary increments has to be changed and a proper program should be carried out by the authorities to uplift these people but in which the country has continuously failed.

Mannar’s Women of the Sea

Text and Pix: Indunil Usgoda Arachchi

Widowed or badly affected during the decades of conflict, the fisher community in Anthoniyarpuram, Mannar has new heroes. Groups of women have formed fisheries cooperative societies, and often spend the night at sea, diving for sea cucumbers and crustaceans in the waters of the Lagoon to keep their families alive and reconstruct lives torn apart by war

Media Organizations Collective

“Media Organizations Collective” is a joint organization between the Free Media Movement, Sri Lanka Working Journalists’ Association, Federation of Media Employees Trade Unions, Tamil Media Alliance, Muslim Media Forum, and the Young Journalists’ Association.

An online discussion on the future joint activities of this organization was held on 18 September 2021. The discussion was also joined by Jane Verhington, International Federation of Journalists Regional Director, Asia Pacific,  and Umesh Prockwell, Program Coordinator.

This joint meeting was organized under the “IFJ – Union-to-Union” 2021 program.

A media training program for the Federation of Media Employees

A media training program for the Federation of Media Employees Trade Unions Federation’s website was held on October 16, 2016. This web training program was conducted by renowned web trainer Mr. Sajith Saranga. This training program for journalists was organized under the “IFJ – Union-to-Union” 2021 program

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