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Empowering lawyers to protect FoE and Media Freedom

Media Law Forum jointly with Canada based Centre for Law and Democracy recently organised a Webinar on Media Law to build knowledge capacity of the lawyers in Sri Lanka.  Lawyers from different parts of the country joined the webinar with great enthusiasm. The response from these lawyers through their active participation was a solid indication of its success as an initial step of the Media Law Forum (MLF).

Webinar discussions were spread across a wide range of subjects such as defamation, handling contempt of court cases and general understanding on media laws and regulations in Sri Lanka. Renowned legal experts of the country delivered lectures educating the participants. Lectures were delivered by Mr. Prashantha Lal de Alwis P,C, , Mr. Jagath Wickramanayake P.C. , Attorney-at-Law Mr. Thishya Weragoda and Attorney-at-Law Mr. Dharshana Kuruppu.

Initiating the webinar, Director Operations of MLF Attorney-at-Law Mr. Jagath Liyana Arachchi welcoming the participants and resource persons, explained the objectives of the webinar while introducing the MLF as an institute. Mr. Toby Mendel, Executive Director of the Centre for Law and Democracy stated the importance of establishing a network of lawyers to provide a solid protection to democracy, Freedom of Expression and Media Freedom.

The webinar concluded with a request from lawyers to establish a sustainable network of lawyers with expertise in media laws and regulations.

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