The UNESCO-declared International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) falls on the 28th of September. In commemoration of this day, the Sri Lanka Press Institute (SLPI) held an event on the 1st of October that was themed “Right & Write to Info”, which focused on the Right to Information (RTI) and the use of RTI in journalism. The event featured a panel discussion, which comprised 4 speakers. The speakers, all of whom were journalists, shared their experiences with RTI in association with their careers.
The panelists Tharindu Jayawardena, discussed the topic “Writing for Transparency and Accountability”, while Sivalingam Sivakumaran, deliberated on “RTI’s Influence in Policies and Regulations in Public Authorities”, Rahul Samantha, focused on “Empowerment of the Public for Democracy” and Riza Wickramatunga, covered “Groundwork of RTI Policies and Regulations” at the discussion. Kamal Liyanaraachchi, moderator for the panel led the event allowing a trilingual engagement that opened up several avenues of discussion.
Attendees at the event included an array of journalists and editors from well-known Sinhala, Tamil and English newspapers. During the latter part of the evening, the audience was provided the chance of interacting with the panelists by raising personal questions and engaging in further dialogue.
SLPI’s marking of the International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) came to a close with a meaningful evening thus spent.