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Re-rise and re-fall of Rathana Thera? (The Media Analysis Vol.9, No. 21) 2019/06/12
Dr. Shafi’s trial by media (The Media Analysis Vol.9, No. 20) 2019/06/05
Mob attacks: Attitudes and airbrushing (The Media Analysis Vol.9, No. 18 & 19) 2019/05/29
Counter terrorism narrative (The Media Analysis Vol.9, No. 17) 2019/05/15
Easter Sunday attacks: Follow-up issue (The Media Analysis Vol.9, No. 16) 2019/05/08
Easter Sunday terrorist attacks (The Media Analysis Vol.9, No. 15) 2019/05/01
Motives and feasibility of the ‘Bakmaha Divuruma’ (The Media Analysis Vol.9, No. 14) 2019/04/10
The what & who of Wilpattu (The Media Analysis Vol.9, No. 13) 2019/04/03
UNHRC: Pragmatism in reverse (The Media Analysis Vol.9, No. 12) 2019/03/27
Budget 2019: treading between two axes (The Media Analysis Vol.9, No. 11) 2019/03/20
Budget 2019: Criticism or cynicism? (The Media Analysis Vol.9, No. 10) 2019/03/13
UNHRC : Positions reflecting politics (The Media Analysis Vol.9, No. 09) 2019/03/06
Makandure Madush : vice and crime culture (The Media Analysis Vol.9, No. 07 & 08) 2019/02/27
National Government : Ethics and the Law (The Media Analysis Vol.9, No. 5) 2019/02/13
Capital punishment or capitalising on punishment? (The Media Analysis Vol.9, No. 4) 2019/01/30
Protest against the media: Three contestations (The Media Analysis Vol. 9, No. 03) 2019/01/23
The presidency that offends and defends (The Media Analysis Vol. 9, No. 02) 2019/01/17
Mawanella: Prejudicial and political narratives at play (The Media Analysis Vol. 9, No. 1) 2019/01/09
Legitimacy: from zero-sum to negative-sum (The Media Analysis Vol. 8, No. 46 & 47) 2018/12/14
Parliament under the spotlight: Legitimacy arguments persist (The Media Analysis Vol. 8, No. 44 & 45) 2018/11/28
Sri Lanka’s ‘gun-less coup’: Legitimacy arguments shift gear (The Media Analysis Vol. 8, No. 43) 2018/11/14
Political crossroads: four claims to legitimacy (The Media Analysis, Vol. 8, No. 42) 2018/11/07
The contours of a crisis (The Media Analysis Vol. 8, No. 41) 2018/11/01
Northern prisoners: Two perspectives (The Media Analysis, Vol. 8, No. 40) 2018/10/24
The Media Analysis Vol. 8, No. 39 (Appropriateness of the Appropriation Bill) 2018/10/17
Government caught in currents of cynicism (The Media Analysis, Vol 8, No 38) 2018/10/10
Depreciation of the rupee: Causes internal or external? (The Media Analysis, Vol. 8, No. 36 & 37) 2018/10/03
PC election delay: For or against democracy? (The Media Analysis, Vol. 8, No. 35) 2018/09/19
Jana Balaya: Anti-climax in Colombo (The Media Analysis, Vol. 8, No. 34) 2018/09/12
Delimitation report: defeat and delay (The Media Analysis, Vol. 8, No. 33) 2018/09/05
Western Provincial Council: Couldn’t chair less? (The Media Analysis Vol. 8, No. 32) 2018/08/22
MPs’ pay raise: Public ire and political posturing (The Media Analysis Vol. 8, No. 31) 2018/08/15
Dualities on Singapore FTA (The Media Analysis, Vol. 8, No 30) 2018/08/08
Sirisena scores on death penalty (The Media Analysis, Vol. 8, No. 27) 2018/07/18
The NYT’ exposé: Credibility, capture and corruption (The Media Analysis, Vol. 8, No.26) 2018/07/11
Underworld undoing yahapaalanaya? (The Media Analysis Vol. 7, No. 25) 2018/07/04
The US’s withdrawal - through the Sri Lankan lens (The Media Analysis Vol. 8, No. 24) 2018/06/27
Kiriwehera: criminality, corruption and the clergy (The Media Analysis, Vol. 8, No. 23) 2018/06/20
SLFP versus SLPP: Which has the greater gravitational pull? (The Media Analysis, Vol. 8, No 22) 2018/06/13
Gotabaya Rajapaksa: brutality vs efficiency (The Media Analysis, Vol.8, No. 20 & 21) 2018/06/06
Price hikes: Formula forgotten? (Vol. 08, No. 19) 2018/05/23
Bureaucratic corruption: Something is rotten in the state of Sri Lanka (Vol. 08, No. 18 ) 2018/05/16
Policy speech: Much media ado about nothing (Vol. 08, No. 16 & 17 ) 2018/05/10
Prorogation of parliament: By the president, for the president? (Vol. 08, No. 15) 2018/04/25
No-confidence motion: Between the PM and unity government? (Vol. 8, No. 13) 2018/04/04
UNHRC: Shades of engagement (Vol. 8, No. 12) 2018/03/28
Ethno-religious violence: Coexistence narratives prevent scrutiny of extremism (Vol. 8, No. 11) 2018/03/21
Coverage of communal clashes: Means, motive and opportunity (Vol. 8, No. 10) 2018/03/14
Government shuffling out of its promises? (Vol. 8, No. 9) 2018/03/07
Unity government: Lame duck or phoenix? (Vol. 8, No. 8) 2018/02/28
LG election - The president's two pathways (Vol. 8, No. 7) 2018/02/21
Local government elections: A political shake up (Vol. 8, No. 6) 2018/02/19
LG elections: National ramifications (Vol. 8, No. 5) 2018/02/07
Press schools Uva CM on conduct (Vol. 8, No. 4) 2018/02/01
Liquor ban: Press raises glass to President (Vol. 8, No. 3) 2018/01/24
January 8: By the SLFP, for the SLFP (Vol. 8, No. 2) 2018/01/17
Bond commission: The report is not enough (Vol. 8, No. 1) 2018/01/10
Budget 2018: revenue focus misses press expectations (The Media Analysis Vol. 7, No. 45) 2017/12/13
LG elections: Democratic constraints on further delays (The Media Analysis, Vol. 7, No. 44) 2017/12/06
PM at bond commission: Positive or Negative? (The Media Analysis, Vol. 7, No. 43) 2017/11/29
Budget 2018 floats on perception (The Media Analysis, Vol. 7, No. 42) 2017/11/22
A Legal & Institutional Assessment of Sri Lanka's Justice System for Children 2017/11/16
Sri Lanka Budget 2018: serving public welfare? (The Media Analysis Vol. 7 No. 41) 2017/11/15
Constitutional reform: interim report, missed opportunity? (The Media Analysis, Vol. 7, No. 40) 2017/11/08
Student expelled: Response progressive or pitying? (The Media Analysis Vol. 7, No. 39) 2017/11/01
Constitutional reform: an emerging pluralist response? (The Media Analysis Vol. 7, No.38) 2017/10/25
Budget 2018: Demand disincentivising reforms? (The Media Analysis Vol. 7, No. 37) 2017/10/18
‘Revictimised’ Rohingya: Nationalists face backlash (The Media Analysis Vol. 7, No.36) 2017/10/11
UNHRC: Sinhala lobby ascendant on the global stage (The Media Analysis Vol. 7 No. 35) 2017/10/04
Rohingya refugees: victims or extremists? (The Media Analysis Vol.7 No. 34) 2017/09/27
SLFPer removed: A carrot and stick approach? (Vol. 7, No. 33) 2017/09/20
War crimes allegations overshadowed by Fonseka (Vol. 7, No. 31 & 32) 2017/09/13
National Audit Bill: testing bureaucratic accountability (Volume 07, No. 30) 2017/08/30
National Economic Council: President steps in (Vol.07, No.29) 2017/08/23
20th amendment: dilemma of evading elections (Vol.07, No. 28) 2017/08/16
“White van” incident: parallels drawn with former government (Vol.07, No.27) 2017/08/02
Unity government hanging in balance (Vol.07, No.26) 2017/07/26
Enforced Disappearances Bill: opposition vs skepticism (Vol.7, No.25) 2017/07/19
Dengue crisis: Government lacking ‘competence and direction’ (Vol. 7, No. 24) 2017/07/12
SAITM: Escalation damages government (Vol.07, No.23) 2017/07/05
Religious extremism: Gnanasara Thero’s position legitimised (Vol.07, No.22) 2017/06/28
Constitutional reforms: United or unitary? (Vol.07, No.21) 2017/06/21
London attacks: Nationalists claim vindication (Vol.07, No.20) 2017/06/14
Sri Lanka's Domestic Barriers to Trade: Case Studies of Agricultural Exports 2017/06/13
Religious extremism: Rhetoric and response mismatched (Vol.07, No.19) 2017/06/07
Accepting e-documents with e-signatures: A small step for government, a giant leap for the country 2017/05/29
Constitutional reforms: Opposition reverts to religion (Vol.07, No.18) 2017/05/24
Does the Disqualification of Candidates Invalidate Nomination Papers? 2017/05/22
The Limits of the Presidential Portfolio and its Implications for the Office on Missing Persons 2017/05/20
E-Government Procurement: Enabling Business through Efficient Systems 2017/05/17
Cabinet re-shuffle: reform pressure favours the president (Vol.7, No.17) 2017/05/17
Sri Lanka: Resolution 30/1 Implementation Monitor: Statistical and Analytical Review No. 2 2017/05/15
Facilitating The Registration Of Trademarks 2017/04/26
Meethotamulla disaster: Politicians held accountable (Vol.07, No.14) 2017/04/26
Hambantota port: from ‘white elephant’ to a ‘strategic asset’ (Vol.07, No.13) 2017/04/05
UNHRC: Duality or convergence? (Vol.7, No.12) 2017/03/29
Debt “crisis”: Inherited or aggravated? (Vol.07, No.11) 2017/03/22
UNHRC: Government duality unquestioned? (Vol.07, No.10) 2017/03/15
UNHRC: press positive, government silent (Vol.07, No.09) 2017/03/08
Judicial independence: Press rejects JO allegations (Vol.07, No.08) 2017/03/01

Re-rise and re-fall of Rathana Thera? (The Media Analysis Vol.9, No. 21)

The Media Analysis is a subscription based product that analyses the three main issues in the Sinhala press in a given week. In this issue we analyse: Re-rise and re-fall of Rathana Thera? Divided opinion on the parliamentary select committee The Media Analysis observes how the press frames reportages and includes a gap analysis where reportages from the Sinhala and Tamil press are compared and contrasted. Differences between the two are often significant, and gives readers an insight into the major trends in press reporting in the vernacular press. The Media Analysis is emailed to sub...

Dr. Shafi’s trial by media (The Media Analysis Vol.9, No. 20)

The Media Analysis is a subscription based product that analyses the three main issues in the Sinhala press in a given week. In this issue we analyse: Dr. Shafi’s trial by media NCM on Bathiudeen: Two agendas Gnanasara Thera: A profitable pardon? The Media Analysis observes how the press frames reportages and includes a gap analysis where reportages from the Sinhala and Tamil press are compared and contrasted. Differences between the two are often significant, and gives readers an insight into the major trends in press reporting in the vernacular press. The Media Analysis is emailed t...

Mob attacks: Attitudes and airbrushing (The Media Analysis Vol.9, No. 18 & 19)

The Media Analysis is a subscription based product that analyses the three main issues in the Sinhala press in a given week. In this issue we analyse: Mob attacks: Attitudes and airbrushing No confidence in the noconfidence motions May 18: Valorisation of the military The Media Analysis observes how the press frames reportages and includes a gap analysis where reportages from the Sinhala and Tamil press are compared and contrasted. Differences between the two are often significant, and gives readers an insight into the major trends in press reporting in the vernacular press. The Media...

Counter terrorism narrative (The Media Analysis Vol.9, No. 17)

The Media Analysis is a subscription based product that analyses the three main issues in the Sinhala press in a given week. In this issue we analyse: Counter terrorism narrative Blame narrative Recovery narrative The Media Analysis observes how the press frames reportages and includes a gap analysis where reportages from the Sinhala and Tamil press are compared and contrasted. Differences between the two are often significant, and gives readers an insight into the major trends in press reporting in the vernacular press. The Media Analysis is emailed to subscribers every week. For inq...

Easter Sunday attacks: Follow-up issue (The Media Analysis Vol.9, No. 16)

The Media Analysis is a subscription based product that analyses the three main issues in the Sinhala press in a given week. In this issue we analyse: 1: Easter Sunday attacks: Follow-up issue The Media Analysis observes how the press frames reportages and includes a gap analysis where reportages from the Sinhala and Tamil press are compared and contrasted. Differences between the two are often significant, and gives readers an insight into the major trends in press reporting in the vernacular press. The Media Analysis is emailed to subscribers every week. For inquiries, email

Re-rise and re-fall of Rathana Thera? (The Media Analysis Vol.9, No. 21)

The Media Analysis is a subscription based product that analyses the three main issues in the Sinhala press in a given week. In this issue we analyse: Re-rise and re-fall of Rathana Thera? Divided opinion on the parliamentary select committee The Media Analysis observes how the press frames reportages and includes a gap analysis where reportages from the Sinhala and Tamil press are compared and contrasted. Differences between the two are often significant, and gives readers an insight into the major trends in press reporting in the vernacular press. The Media Analysis is emailed to sub...

Dr. Shafi’s trial by media (The Media Analysis Vol.9, No. 20)

The Media Analysis is a subscription based product that analyses the three main issues in the Sinhala press in a given week. In this issue we analyse: Dr. Shafi’s trial by media NCM on Bathiudeen: Two agendas Gnanasara Thera: A profitable pardon? The Media Analysis observes how the press frames reportages and includes a gap analysis where reportages from the Sinhala and Tamil press are compared and contrasted. Differences between the two are often significant, and gives readers an insight into the major trends in press reporting in the vernacular press. The Media Analysis is emailed t...

Mob attacks: Attitudes and airbrushing (The Media Analysis Vol.9, No. 18 & 19)

The Media Analysis is a subscription based product that analyses the three main issues in the Sinhala press in a given week. In this issue we analyse: Mob attacks: Attitudes and airbrushing No confidence in the noconfidence motions May 18: Valorisation of the military The Media Analysis observes how the press frames reportages and includes a gap analysis where reportages from the Sinhala and Tamil press are compared and contrasted. Differences between the two are often significant, and gives readers an insight into the major trends in press reporting in the vernacular press. The Media...

Counter terrorism narrative (The Media Analysis Vol.9, No. 17)

The Media Analysis is a subscription based product that analyses the three main issues in the Sinhala press in a given week. In this issue we analyse: Counter terrorism narrative Blame narrative Recovery narrative The Media Analysis observes how the press frames reportages and includes a gap analysis where reportages from the Sinhala and Tamil press are compared and contrasted. Differences between the two are often significant, and gives readers an insight into the major trends in press reporting in the vernacular press. The Media Analysis is emailed to subscribers every week. For inq...

Easter Sunday attacks: Follow-up issue (The Media Analysis Vol.9, No. 16)

The Media Analysis is a subscription based product that analyses the three main issues in the Sinhala press in a given week. In this issue we analyse: 1: Easter Sunday attacks: Follow-up issue The Media Analysis observes how the press frames reportages and includes a gap analysis where reportages from the Sinhala and Tamil press are compared and contrasted. Differences between the two are often significant, and gives readers an insight into the major trends in press reporting in the vernacular press. The Media Analysis is emailed to subscribers every week. For inquiries, email

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