I was educated at Ananda College, Colombo for twelve years as a child and then studied drama, photography and journalism and later chose journalism as my career. He entered the media as an amateur writer and photographer and was a news photographer for a national newspaper.
Thereafter I became the Sri Lankan News Photographer for the International Reuters News Service. Under this, I received specialised training in international media services in Hong Kong and London. During that time, I was responsible for publicizing news photographs of the state of Sri Lanka and the Maldives around the world through the Reuters news service, especially near the events of the Sri Lankan civil war, and photographed areas of government forces as well as Tamil rebels. I escaped about seven fatal accidents there, and one time I was injured in a suicide bombing.
Today we are entering a period in which communication has brought the world together. From country to country, ruler to ruler, the meaning of mass communication is interpreted to suit us, but one thing is clear to us. That is, no one can deny the impact of mass media on society. That is why the rulers from America to Sri Lanka try to keep the length and breadth of mass communication within the bounds of their will. In the webspace, the “direction of the wind” stands for people like George Lloyd, and humanitarianism has no boundaries, nor is religion or race.
Today I enjoy the democratic freedom of expression here and the freedom of expression without fear of being killed or abducted. My only wish is to see such freedom enjoyed by relatives, friends and the younger generation in my country.
With the repression of the state media that began near the end of the war, I left Sri Lanka and settled in the United Kingdom, bidding farewell to my 18 years of international news service career.
We are confident in your ability to discern the information presented here from our perspective of events that occur without local or foreign geographical boundaries. You and our children who dream of living in a moral free society are well aware of the impact it can have on mass communication. We look forward to seeing you as one of the endless choices in front of you, from the traditional journalistic art of crisis to the art of online media.
Your active support is an essential factor in maintaining this. Your response in a word or two gives us the courage we need for a more credible existence. If you believe the public should know the information you know, my team and I are ready to post it here once it’s confirmed.
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