Dr. Ranga Kalansooriya among the top five shortlisted
Dr. Ranga Kalansooriya, one of Sri Lanka’s pioneers in promoting the safety of journalists, Media freedom and the freedom of expression, was among those shortlisted for the Canada-United Kingdom (UK) Media Freedom Award, the British High Commission in Sri Lanka said on 20 November.
On 16 November, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, François-Philippe Champagne and the UK’s First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, Dominic Raab announced the winner of the inaugural Canada-UK Media Freedom Award to recognise journalists, individuals and organisations that actively promote and protect media freedom around the world.
Among the top five shortlisted, out of over 60 global nominations, was the Belarusian Association of Journalists (Belarus), Centro de Investigacion y Capacitacion Propuesta Civica (Mexico), SKeyes Centre for Media and Cultural Freedom (Lebanon), Dr. Kalansooriya (Sri Lanka) and Mary Ajith Goch (South Sudan).
Dr. Kalansooriya currently serves as the Asia Regional Advisor for International Media Support, on policy advocacy, research and capacity building in Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Pakistan, the Philippines and Indonesia. The Belarusian Association of Journalists, was jointly announced as the winner during this year’s Global Conference for Media Freedom, held virtually on 16 November and hosted by Canada and Botswana.