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Meera Selva: Social media, democracy and dissent in Sri Lanka

The Business and Practice of Journalism

Meera Selva, Director of the Reuters Institute Journalism Fellowship Programme, addresses our closing seminar of the term with a presentation on the media situation in Sri Lanka.

Attacks on journalists are – when they happen – shockingly brutal. News coverage tends not to cross socio-economic and ethnic/linguistic divides. Closing down social media in response to national crises invokes the law of unintended consequences.