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The Hotline Launch by Media Law Forum

On 18 October 2022, The Media Law Forum launched its dedicated hotline (+94 74 3070 888) to safeguard freedom of expression of the journalists and human rights defenders in Sri Lanka. There were more than 60 senior journalists, social activists, diplomats, social media influencers, and lawyers appeared in the event. As of the day of the hotline launch, the MLF has identified 55 active and passionate lawyers interested in taking up cases related to journalists and civil activists in Sri Lanka, particularly in the field of freedom of expression. The legal defenders are working with the MLF on a pro-bono basis. Attorney-at-law Viranjana Herath, Dr. Ranga Kalansooriya, senior journalist Mandana Ismail Abeywickrama and President’s counsel Jagath Wickramanayake delivered their respective speeches under four different topics in the event. President’s counsel Saliya Peiris, the President of Bar Association of Sri Lanka made the key note speech under the topic of “the role of legal practitioners in balancing the law and freedom of expression”. The event was followed by a 40-minute long Q & A session. Attorney-at-law Thilini Perera moderated the event.

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