Sri Lanka newspapers refuse journalism awards for excellence

July 28, Colombo: Major newspapers in Sri Lanka have refused to take part in the country’s premier awards presentation for journalists.

Under a heading “We did not apply for those awards” Sri Lanka’s prominent daily The Island newspaper said “None of The Island journalists applied for Editors’ Guild Journalism Awards for Excellence, 2010.”

In a similar move, The Sunday Leader also said last Sunday, “This year Journalists at The Sunday Leader took a collective decision not to apply for the once prestigious awards, given the level of mediocrity practiced by members of the Editors Guild and the Sri Lanka Press Institute.”

The newspaper further stated that, “Editors working for Leader Publications, are no longer members of the Editors’ Guild and the Group does not subscribe to the Press Complaints Commission or the mandate of the Sri Lanka Press Institute.”

Most of the awards given out at the award ceremony held at the Mount Lavinia Hotel on July 26, were won by the journalists of the Wijaya Newspapers, Daily Mirror, Sunday Times and Financial Times.

The other newspapers of Sri Lanka have shown a lack of interest in at least publishing the list of award winners.

However, the organizers of the awards had said that a record number of 250 entries were received this year for the awards from journalists working for Sri Lankan newspapers.

The event was organized by Editor`s Guild of Sri Lanka in association with the Sri Lanka Press Institute.

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