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2024 Sri Lanka Elections

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Monday 31th July 2024 - 10 AM Colombo time (4:30 GMT)

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90 minutes (Q&A session included)

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Event agenda

Ahead of the presidential elections in Sri Lanka, journalists must be extra vigilant when checking sources to avoid being misled. When false narratives circulate online, they can affect the situation on the ground and even influence how people vote.

AFP’s award-winning, globally-recognised digital investigation team is pleased to support journalists with a webinar on how to tackle disinformation during elections including tools and resources to sharpen their digital reporting skills in the age of AI.

Join us on July 31st at 10 AM Colombo time (4:30 GMT) to explore:

  • Types of misinformation in Sri Lanka

  • How to tackle election disinformation

  • Tools and tips for spotting AI-generated content

  • AFP’s open-access online courses to help journalists prepare for elections

Meet the AFP speakers

Speaker name

Amal Jayasinghe

Colombo Bureau Chief

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Sophia Xu

Digital Training Manager for APAC

Speaker name

Harshana Silva

Digital Verification Journalist for Sri Lanka

Amal heads AFP’s operations in Sri Lanka and the Maldives. He joined the agency in August 1987, following over five years as a reporter for Sri Lanka's main English-language newspaper, the Daily News. Amal has undertaken special reporting assignments for AFP in war-torn areas worldwide, including Afghanistan and Iraq. He is also a media trainer in Sri Lanka and the Maldives.

Sophia leads AFP's digital journalism training programme in Asia-Pacific. She joined AFP in 2020 as a regional digital verification editor. She has been a journalist working in digital newsgathering, UGC verification, fact-checking and journalism training since 2012 in various newsrooms globally. She has trained hundreds of journalists and students in digital journalism across Asia.

Harshana has been debunking misinformation in Sri Lanka since 2021. Prior to his role at AFP, he led a local fact-checking team in Colombo and worked more than eight years as a journalist at the Sinhalese newspaper Lankadeepa.

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