[FoME] Study on Media coverage on reconciliation issues in Sri Lanka

Klaas Glenewinkel klaas at mict-international.org
Di Feb 14 12:57:30 CET 2017

Dear Reader,

Sri Lanka was mired in a civil war between the Liberation Tigers of
Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the armed forces of the Government of Sri Lanka
(GoSL) for more than two decades. The many attempts for dialogue between
the two ethnic communities during the war and after its end in 2009
failed to bring reconciliation. With the new government in place since
January 2015, hopes are high that reconciliation will finally blossom.
It is assumed that the scope and the quality of local media coverage
will play a vital role in this process.

In order to prepare media based support for reconciliation in Sri Lanka
MiCT conducted a discourse analysis that investigated media coverage of
reconciliation issues in Sri Lankan newspapers. Under the supervision of
MiCT experts, a mixed group of 16 Tamil and Sinhalese journalists
examined all articles related to reconciliation in 9 Sri Lankan
newspapers during the month of February 2016. Unsurprisingly, the
results of the analysis confirm that newspapers differ significantly in
their assessment of events. However, a huge overlap in the selection of
topics demonstrates that there are shared interests between the Tamil
and Sinhalese media which might provide common grounds for dialogue. In
addition, the findings strongly suggest that differences between
nationalist and government-supporting Sinhalese media are more
far-reaching than differences between Tamil and Sinhalese media.

Read our study here: http://www.mict-international.org/projects/srilanka-discourse <http://www.mict-international.org/projects/srilanka-discourse>

See also our website Catamaran, a platform for Journalists from Sri Lanka: http://thecatamaran.org <http://thecatamaran.org/>

Both projects are funded by Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development and the European Union.

All the best

Klaas Glenewinkel

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