Lasantha Wickrematunge Memorial Lecture

Saturday, September 21, 2013
ENG 103 in the Ryerson Engineering Building, 245 Church Street, Toronto, ON

CJFE is honoured to support the Lasantha Wickrematunge Memorial Lecture and Fundraising Dinner. Lasantha Wickrematunge was the founder and editor of Sri Lanka's Sunday Leader newspaper. Wickrematunge was extremely vocal in his criticism of government corruption and in his advocacy for inter-ethnic understanding in the tumultuous region. On January 8, 2009, he was gunned down in broad daylight in a Colombo suburb and his murder remains unsolved. While Sri Lanka's civil war has ended, the government has yet to implement reforms recommended by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission for bringing those responsible for the murder of journalists to justice.

Both the memorial lecture and fundraising dinner are excellent opportunities to engage in a dialogue about press freedom, impunity, and human rights in Sri Lanka. Please find details for both events below.

Fundraising Dinner

Date: September 20, 2013

Time: 6:00pm

Location: Princess Banquet Hall, 3330 Pharmacy Ave., Scarborough ON

Tickets: Regular tickets are $100 and tickets for students are $50. Money raised will go towards the costs of the memorial lecture.
Tickets can be purchased here.

Presented by the South Asian Journalists Association and Sri Lankans Without Borders, this event will be a private dinner and discussion with participants of the Lasantha Wickrematunge Memorial Lecture in support of Press Freedom and Human Rights.

Lasantha Wickrematunge Memorial Lecture

Date: September 21, 2013

Time: 12:00-5:00pm

Location: ENG 103, Ryerson Engineering Building, 245 Church Street, Toronto, ON

Tickets: Admission to this event is free, however, we would encourage you to register for the event to reserve a space. Registration information and further event details can be found here. Please see the event Facebook page for updates.

Speakers at the memorial lecture will include Sonali Samarasinghe, J.S. Tissainayagam, Stewart Bell and Sanjana Hattotuwa. The event format will include presentations by the speakers, an audience Q&A session, and a reception, all with the aim discussing the role of the media in Sri Lanka, as well as its future potential in the country.

More about Lasantha Wickrematunge

Joint statement by IFEX members expressing concern over the treatment of journalists and media workers in Sri Lanka.

And Then They Came For Me, a haunting editorial written by Lasantha Wickrematunge before his death, published posthumously.