M.J.R. David - Chairman & the Director

M.J.R. David is a communication consultant. He has been a community broadcaster in rural Sri Lanka, and an international broadcaster at the BBC World Service. Having been a research scholar at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He works as the consultant for the University of vocational Technology.
He is engaged with communities in Sri Lanka that use digital storytelling and community radio as a means of expression. M.J.R. David works with the programme for strengthening Information Communication and Development Research Capacity in Asia at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He has managed and set up several development communication projects in Asia and served as project manager of the Kotmale Internet Radio, Director of the Sri Lanka Press Council, and Senior lecturer in journalism at the University of Colombo. M.J.R. David holds a Master of Science degree in Development Communication from the University of Philippines from Los Banos. 

C. Dodawatta

Chandrasekar Dodawatta is a freelance journalist, media consultant and trainer, social activist, and author. 

Currently, he is the convener of the Free Media Movement (FMM), a civil society organization based in Sri Lanka, advocating the right to freedom of expression. He is representing the FMM in the capacity of ex-office director in the board of the Sri Lanka Press Institute. 

During his career, spanning nearly four decades, he has served as Editor- in Chief at Dinamina, a daily newspaper published by the Associated News Paper Limited. Prior to becoming the editor of the Dinamina newspaper, he was the editor at Dinakara, and feature editor at  Yukthiya for a period of 10 years. He held the position of media secretary to the Ministry of Constitutional Affairs & Industrial Development from 1991 to 2000.

Hana Ibrahim

Hana Ibrahim is the Editor in Chief of the Daily Express/Weekend Express, published by Express Newspapers Ceylon Ltd. A journalist by profession, she has over 25 years of local and international experience in the media industry. She is founder-editor of Ceylon Today (Daily and Sunday) and the former editor of Sunday Standard; Senior Associate Editor, Sunday Observer and ‘Friday’, a weekly tabloid, conceived and launched by her. She also worked as a journalist for a short period in the United States and for a longer period in the United Arab Emirates, for the Gulf News, covering a wide range of international issues, from the wars in Somalia and Bosnia to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait and the subsequent war on Iraq.  She has also interviewed a number of world leaders.  

Apart from reporting and writing, she also has extensive experience in editing, re-writing, headlines, layout, web editing and training.  She has contributed special reports on Sri Lanka to UN publications; on media freedom to the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and South Asia Media Commission. She is a co-convenor of South Asian Women in Media -SAWM and founder member of  South Asia Media Solidarity Network – SAMSN

Her areas of interest include ethical and professional journalism, responsible journalism, empowering women journalists, good newsroom practices, improving language skills, training young journalists.

Prof. Nalin Abeysekara

Nalin Abeysekera (Professor in Management Studies) attached to the Department of  Marketing Management, Faculty of  Management  Studies, Open University of Sri Lanka.   He is a Lecturer for Strategic Management  , Marketing and Research Methodology with international lecturing and presentation  Exposure in  Canada, Singapore, Dubai, Oman, and Qatar. And he has twenty  Years experience in Research and Lecturing. Professor Nalin Abeysekera is author/co-author for many international journal articles, conference papers, and books. Furthermore, He is serving as a reviewer for many international journals  Professor  Abeysekera in his attempt to socialize knowledge has contributed many articles to leading magazines and national newspapers in Sri Lanka on current issues covering Economics, Education, and Tourism.   He has also served many panels such as Ph.D. colloquiums, marketing, economics  IT and Tourism as moderator and presenter. 

Seetha Ranjanee

Seetha Ranjanee is a over 43 years experienced journalist, media activist and a author of 15 books. She is the most senior member of Free Media Movement (FMM) and the former convener of FMM. Currently she is representing its Exco, and the board of directors SLPI and SLCJ

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