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January 26th,27th & 28th 2015

Colombo, Sri Lanka



The Sri Lanka Press Institute (SLPI) was established by the Newspaper Socity of Sri Lanka, The Editors Guild of Sri Lanka, the Free Media Movement, and the Sri Lanka Working Journalist Association, to provide direction and leadership in media related acivities. This includes the Press Complaints Commision of Sri Lanka (PCCSL), which encourages self-regulation and accountability and provides readers the right to challege or correct reporting, while the Sri Lanka College of Journalism (SLCJ) is the training arm focusing on skills development for the journalistic profession. Overall, the mandate of the Sri Lanka Press Institute is to create a professional body of journalists who are responsible and accountable to the public.


For the past two decades “globalization” has been the buzz word within and beyond journalism. Scholars have generally acknowledged the multiple trajectories to and dimensions of globalization, as reflected in its various histories and forms of interconnectedness. Journalism practices do not stand outside of globalizing processes and, in the same vein, that processes of globalization are not immune to—in fact, are shaped by—particular regional and national journalistic cultures. Often absent from debates on globalization and from the literature that interprets contemporary media connectivity has been a sustained discussion of ethics. While there have been discussions of the global digital divide and the fact that such a divide has led to information haves and information have-nots, as well as examinations of the ethical dilemmas surrounding issues such as privacy, copyright, and pornography in online media, discussions that connect globalization to concerns of journalism ethics have remained marginal.


Global media ethics is a response to the dilemmas of globalization and the need to address issues that span national jurisdictions and spheres of influence. Globalization has created global dilemmas that require global solutions—dilemmas that cannot be addressed within individual nation-states or single jurisdictions. The opening of the means of media production to citizens, through internet and social media, has eroded the claims of an elite class of journalists and media producers to knowledge and truth. Global media now have the

imperative to become more transparent and adopt a set of open ethics which envisions a greater role for citizens in the co-production of meaning and truth. The exclusion of voices on the basis of identity, belonging, caste, or ethnicity is no longer tenable by an ethical media in the era of media globalization. This conference will bring together academics and journalists to discuss various ethical issues which plague journalists around the world. The topics discussed but not limited to: accountability, conflict of interest, social justice, and minority rights. The key will be to focus on how globalization is impacting journalism practices and ethics dynamically.



Clifford Christians

One of the foremost thinkers in media ethics, Clifford G. Christians is Research Professor of Communications, Professor of Media Studies and Professor Emeritus of Journalism, Institute of Communications Research, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA. He is the author/co-author of Ethics for Public Communication, Good News: Social Ethics and the Press, NormativeTheories of the Media, Media Ethics: Cases and Moral Reasoning (9th edition), Moral Engagement in Public Life: Theories for Contemporary Ethics, Communication Ethics and Universal Values, and Key Concepts in Critical Cultural Studies.


Vipul Mudgal

Vipul Mudgal has worked as reporter and Senior Editor at Hindustan Times, India Today, BBC and Asia Times in India, U.K., and Thailand for over 20 years. He has a doctorate in Media Studies from Leicester University, UK, and is a recipient of the Nehru Centenary British Fellowship and the Jefferson Fellowship at the East-West Centre, Hawaii. He currently heads the Public and Policys Program and the Inclusive Media Project at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) in Delhi, India.


Shakuntala Rao

Shakuntala Rao is Professor and Chair at the Department of Communication Studies, State University of New York, Plattsburgh, New York, USA. She received her Ph.D. in Communication from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA. Shakuntala’s teaching and research interests are in global media ethics, journalism practices, and popular culture. She has published influentially and extensively in both Communication and interdisciplinary journals such as Journal of Communication, Journalism Studies, Journal of Mass Media Ethics and Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media.


Stephen Ward

Stephen J. A. Ward is an internationally recognized media ethicist, educator, consultant, and award-winning author. He is an ethics columnist for the PBS web site, Media Shift, for the Canadian portal, and for the Canadian magazine, Media. Ward is founding chair of the Ethics Committee of the Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) and a co-author of the CAJ’s two codes of ethics. Ward has been director of the Turnbull Center at the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism in Portland, USA, and founder of the Center for Journalism Ethics at the School of Journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.



Kamal Siddiqi

Kamal Siddiqi is the Editor of The Express Tribune, a Pakistani English daily affiliated with the International New York Times. It is published online and has print editions from Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad and Peshawar.He is also visiting faculty at the University of Karachi and a member of the board of Pakistan’s Center for Excellence in Journalism, a collaboration between the Medill School of Journalism and the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ). Kamal is a fellow of the Center for Democratic Development and Rule of Law (CDDRL) at Stanford University and a Chevening scholar (1995). He has a Masters from the London School of Economics.


Lee Wilkins

Wilkins is Professor and Chair of the department communication at Wayne State University, Michigan, USA.Wilkins focuses her research on media ethics, media coverage of the environment and hazards and risks. She is the co-author of one of the best-selling college media ethics texts, Media Ethics: Issues and Cases, now in its fifth edition. Wilkins is the associate editor of the journal, Journal of Mass Media Ethics. She has taught ethics as a visiting faculty member at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida, and has a joint appointment in the Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs at University of Missouri where she teaches about communicating risk to the public.




Inaugural Ceremony

Date : 26th January 2015

Time : 05.00pm

Venue : Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International Relations and Strategic Studies,

No: 24, Horton Place, Colombo 07.

Forum Agenda


Session I

Session V

8.00 – 9.00 am



9.15 – 10.45 am

“Global media ethics and ethics within local and regional contexts”

“Ethics of photojournalism in conflict situation”

10:45 – 11:00 am

Tea/Coffee break

Tea/Coffee break


Session II

Session VI

11.15 am – 12.30 pm

“Journalism ethics in transitional and emerging democracies

“Covering Elections & sectarian violence”

12.30 – 1.30 pm




Session III

Session VII

1.30 – 3.00 pm

“Conflict resolution journalism”

“Future shape of media ethics for Sri Lanka and the region”

3:00 – 3:15 pm

Tea/Coffee break

Tea/Coffee break


Session IV

Session VIII

3.15 – 4:45 pm

“Citizen Journalism and Ethics of SocialMedia”

“Global media ethics: What is in the future?”



Registration Details

Conference Registration fee - US$ 150. Early Registration before December 30, 2014-US$ 120. The registration fee will include snacks and lunch on conference days. It also includes the inaugural and celebration nights dinners.

For more information

Sri Lanka Press Institute

96, Bernard Soysa Mawatha(Kirula Road),

Colombo 05, Sri Lanka.

Tel. +94.11.5353635.

Fax +94.11.5335 500

Contact person: Renuka Gunawardhana


Airport Transfer Cost in Sri Lanka

Estimated airport transfer cost one way

US$ 20



All participants should apply for their Visa’s directly with relevant Sri Lanka missions in their country. SLPI will provide invitation letters to support the Visa process.


Hotel Accommodation

Cinnamon Red, Colombo

59 Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha,

Colombo 03, Sri Lanka

Telephone : +94112145145

Fax : +94 112 145146

E-mail : This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

B&B Room Rate - US$ 105

Room only US$ 95






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