For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya
A Canadian funded new media project to be implemented by SANASA group is to be headed by journalist Malinda Seneviratne, NGO sources indicate.
Malinda Seneviratne is a freelance journalist who is given access to all print media for his political stand on the war, anti-devolution and pro-Sinhala politics that over the years had been “anti NGO”, say some longstanding NGO activists.
SANASA is a longstanding, foreign funded NGO that works on livelihood and micro financing at community level and is headed by (Dr.) P. A. Kiriwandeniya with his daughter as the deputy head of the organisation.
Canada Cooperative Agency (CCA) the funding source, will be assisting SANASA to establish a media centre that would work with working journalists and train journalists at their “campus” in Kegalle.
The SANASA “campus” is in the process of being certified by the Higher Education Ministry as an educational institute for higher education, say SANASA sources.
Malinda Seneviratne is tipped to head this new project.
He is married to Samaadini Kiriwandeniya, the next in line to succeed her father as SANASA chairperson.