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Mangalanath Liyanarachchi

He has been working as an electronic and print journalist in the Trincomalee District for over 20 years and has experience in wartime coverage as well as in times of severe disasters such as tsunamis. He contributes to Aruna Newspaper, Silumina, News First, Derana Rupavahini and the Independent Television Network.  He has been a member of the RTI Journalists’ forum  since its start. He has also been praised on several occasions for his news reporting using the Information Act. He has so far submitted more than 100 applications under the Right to Information Act.

Kusumsiri Wijewardana

Kusumsiri is a Sub Editor and Writer of Deshaya newspaper and has been a journalist for over 12 years. He has been a member of the RTI Journalists forum since its inception. He has made numerous requests for information in a variety of areas.

Rahul Samantha Hettiarachchi

Rahul Samantha Hettiarachchi, who has been working in the media field for about 18 years, is currently working with ‘Ada’ newspaper. He has been an active journalist in the use of the Information Act and has compiled more than 300 news and features using the Information Act since its enactment in Sri Lanka. He has been a member of the RTI Journalists forum since its inception. He has so far submitted over 3000 RTI applications to various agencies. He has received numerous awards and recognitions for his work in reporting using the Information Act and for his role in using the Act.


Chamara Sampath

Chamara Sampath, who has been a journalist for about 6 years, is a full time journalist for ‘Ada’ newspaper,another journalist who actively uses the Information Act. He can be described as a journalist who started using the Information Act early on in the implementation of the Right to Information Act and obtained a lot of information through it. He joined the RTI Journalists forum in the year 2019, where he is also an active member. He has filed about 100 to 150 information applications to various sections so far .

Sarath Manula Wickrama

Sarath Manula, who has been a journalist for about 25 years, is currently working with Lankadeepa Newspapers. He is another active journalist who has been a member of the RTI journalist forum since its inception. He is a journalist who has made extensive use of the Right to Information Act for issues focused on the Anuradhapura district. He believes that the Information Act has allowed the corporation to do so much work.  To date, it has submitted more than 100 requests for information. 


Fathima Afra

Fathima Afra from Kalutara district has been working as a journalist for the last two years. She is currently working for the Newsnow media organization. She joins RTI Journalists Forum on June 30, 2021. She is new to this forum.

Karuppaiya Prasannakumar

Karuppaiya Prasannakumar from NuwaraEliya district has been working for the Thinakkural newspaper for the last 8 years. So far 500 RTI applications have been submitted. Prasanna also received an Award for his article writing using the Right to Information Act at the Sri Lanka Press Institute’s Journalism Awards. He has been a member of the RTI journalists forum of the Sri Lanka Press Institute since 2021.


P. Nirosh

P. Nirosh from Nuwara Eliya district. Nirosh has been working as a journalist for Tamilmirror newspaer. He has 5 years of experience in the media industry. His articles on the use of the Right to Information Act are mainly about information about the LTTE surrendering to the military during the final days of the war, information about former President Maithripala’s helicopter tours, and information about the airport at Kotagala. He has been a member of the RTI journalists forum of the Sri Lanka Press Institute since 2020.

M. Susikala

M. Susikala is from Colombo. Susikala has 4 years of experience in the media industry. Susikala has been working as an Sub News Editor for the Thamilan newspaper for the past one year. Prior to this she had 3 years of experience in working for Sudaroli newspaper. She has been a member of the RTI journalists forum of the Sri Lanka Press Institute since September 2021.


Shabeer Mohammad

Shabeer Mohammad from Kegalle district works as a freelance journalist for a Thamilan newspaper. He has worked as a freelance journalist for several media companies since 2019. His media journey started with the Navamani newspaper. So far 50 RTI applications have been submitted by him.

Thanuja Nagaraja

Thanuja Nagaraja has been working as a full time journalist for Virakesari newspaper since 2018. She works for the newsroom of the Virakesari newspaper and has written articles on political, economic and social issues. Joined the RTI journalists Forum of the Sri Lanka Press Institute in June 2021.