Colombo to host Global Media Ethics forum 2015

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The Sri Lanka Press Institute in conjunction with the celebration of its 12th anniversary,  has organized in partnership with the Global Media Ethics Project the 5th Global Media Ethics Forum in Colombo Sri Lanka to be held from the 26th, 27th and 28th of January 2015. The conference will widely discuss the challenges of media ethics in today’s context under the theme “Media Ethics in the Age of Globalization”.

Most scholars, media professionals, and journalists agree that globalization has been responsible for major transformations in the structures of media production and reception. As media worlds get rearranged, it becomes necessary to focus on the ethical principles that underlie media practices and content around the world. The Global Media Ethics Project (GME) has been an ongoing effort to bring together and intellectually engage scholars, journalists, and students from various regions of the world and from varied theoretical perspectives.

This conference will bring together academics and journalists to discuss various ethical issues which plague journalists around the world. The topics discussed but not limited to: accountability, conflict of interest, social justice, and minority rights. The key will be to focus on how globalization is impacting journalism practices and ethics dynamically.

Among the speakers:

Vipul Mudgal has worked as reporter and Senior Editor at Hindustan Times, India Today, BBC and Asia Times in India, U.K., and Thailand for over 20 years. He has a doctorate in Media
Studies from Leicester University, UK, and is a recipient of the Nehru Centenary British Fellowship and the Jefferson Fellowship at the East-West Centre, Hawaii. He currently heads
the Public and Policys Program and the Inclusive Media Project at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) in Delhi, India.

Stephen J. A. Ward is an internationally recognized media ethicist, educator, consultant, and award-winning author. He is an ethics columnist for the PBS web site, Media Shift, for the
Canadian portal, and for the Canadian magazine, Media. Ward is founding chair of the Ethics Committee of the Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) and a
co-author of the CAJ’s two codes of ethics. Ward has been director of the Turnbull Center at the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism in Portland, USA, and founder of the Center
for Journalism Ethics at the School of Journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Kamal Siddiqi is the Editor of The Express Tribune, a Pakistani English daily affiliated with the International New York Times. It is published online and has print editions from Karachi,
Lahore, Islamabad and Peshawar.He is also visiting faculty at the University of Karachi and a member of the board of Pakistan’s Center for Excellence in Journalism, a collaboration
between the Medill School of Journalism and the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ). Kamal is a fellow of the Center for Democratic Development and Rule of Law (CDDRL) at
Stanford University and a Chevening scholar (1995). He has a Masters from the London School of Economics.

Conference Registration fee – US$ 150. Early Registration before December 30, 2014-US$ 120. The registration fee will include snacks and lunch on conference days. It also includes the inaugural and celebration nights dinners.

For more information, contact the Sri Lanka Press Institute 96, Bernard Soysa Mawatha(Kirula Road), Colombo 05, Sri Lanka. Tel. +94.11.5353635. Fax +94.11.5335 500 Contact person: Renuka Gunawardhana

photo credit: Dhammika Heenpella / Images of Sri Lanka via photopin cc

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