Sri Lanka Media Dialogue In Berlin
As part of our “Media Dialogue Sri Lanka”, we were happy to host a delegation of journalists from Sri Lanka for one week in Mid-August 2016 at our Berlin Head Office. The overarching theme for the group from the South Asian island country – four Tamil and four Sinhalese media makers respectively – was “Constructive Journalism”, which is about trying to inject new solutions into the public discourse.

Accordingly, the concept of “Constructive News” was introduced to our guests by Danish journalist Ulrik Haagerup, who is a pioneer of “Constructive News” and has published extensive research about it. Swiss-based expert Maarja Kadajane of the Eurovision Academy shared her analysis as well.

The programme furthermore included visits to the newsroom of the daily newspaper “taz”, discusions at the German section of Reporters Without Borders, meetings with our neighbours of the Tactical Technology Collective, and with representatives of the Federal Foreign Office.

Ways of dealing with a sore past were explored during visits to the Stasi Museum and in discussions with experts of the Federal Foundation for the Reappraisal of the SED Dictatorship and of the Stasi Records Agency (BStU). The group was also honoured by a dinner at the residence of Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Germany, H.E. Karunathilaka Amunugama.

The “Media Dialogue Sri Lanka” is supported by the German Federal Foreign Office. Our “The Catamaran” training project for Tamil and Sinhalese media makers on reconciliation journalism is funded by the European Union and Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).