Journalism in the midst of trauma: Reporting deaths like a cricket match

My first footsteps into a newsroom took me into a macho-man bastion, where I remember seeing a quasi-defence correspondent in faded jeans and a white shirt hastily folded up to the elbows banging away on a typewriter......

Sri Lankan newspaper attacked for 37th time

International journalists attending the Commonwealth heads of government meeting this November in Sri Lanka should take a look at the island’s track record on media freedom first. Uthayan newspaper, one of the few Tamil media outlets independent.........

'Him, Hereafter' is not "Iniavan", The 'Sweet Man Him'

Ashoka Handagama's 'Ini Avan' the film has many firsts to its credit. It is the first Tamil film in post war Sri Lanka. The first post war film to be shot in Jaffna and entirely in location there. The first Tamil film by a Sinhala Director in post war Sri Lanka. The first Tamil film.......

Portrayal of Eelam Tamils in mainstream Kollywood cinema

Many scholars studying Tamil Nadu politics have noted, and rightly so, the pervasive influence on Tamil cinema on Tamil Nadu’s political landscape. Writing in 1996 in ‘The Eye of the Serpent: An Introduction to Tamil Cinema’, Tamil film historian......

Sucharitha Gamlath: the exodus of a colossus

The loss of Sri Lanka's leading literary authority Sucharitha Gamlath was grieved by intellectuals as an insurmountable void in art and culture as well as political philosophy. Professor Gamlath who passed away at....

Remembering Lasantha: Now they come for “everyone”

Now, more than ever, with the current state of affairs in Sri Lanka, the vacuum left by Lasantha’s death and his importance can be felt by anyone who is concerned about human rights, democracy, rule of law, and, of course....

Thilak Jayaratne: A man unbowed

Making an extraordinarily acute observation, veteran broadcaster and scriptwriter Tilak Jayaratne who passed away after battling a killer disease with characteristic courage, pointed out in a telephone conversation with me on the phone barely two months ago....

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