On Tuesday July 26, the Journalism Awards for Excellence 2010 will be conducted by the Editor’s Guild of Sri Lanka in association with the Sri Lanka Press Institute (SLPI).
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 SLPI.
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 SLPI.
Ironically, the Leader Group has hitherto been the most successful newspaper group since the inception of the awards in 1998, sweeping the boards by winning practically all the top awards. Neither has the Leader Group ever had any connection of any sort with the management of the awards scheme nor the panel of judges. It is in fact blatant interference by the organisers of this event with selected judges and a violation of confidentiality attached to applications by aspiring journalists that finally forced The Sunday Leader to refrain from taking part in this event which has been reduced to nothing but a comical farce.