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One temple, one bomb, and three lines of political narrative

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journal contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Kasun Ubayasiri, Linda Brady
Twenty years of civil war between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and predominately Sinhala-Buddhist government forces has cost the tiny island nation of Sri Lanka an estimated 65,000 lives. But it was the 1998 Tiger attack on the country’s most venerated Buddhist shrine which struck the majority Sinhala-Buddhist population the hardest. The bombing of the Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the Tooth Relic) resulted in unprecedented news coverage and in doing so exposed the inherent socio-political biases within the Sinhala media. Using the accepted standard that a newspaper’s front page presents the most newsworthy, alluring coverage and is the publication’s window, this paper examines the county’s three main stream Sinhala daily newspapers the Government owned Dinamina, and the independent Divayina and Lankadeepa.
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Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

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Volume

3

Issue

2

Start Page

1

End Page

30

Number of Pages

30

eISSN

1444-741X

Location

Rockhampton, Qld

Publisher

Central Queensland University

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Faculty of Informatics and Communication; TBA Research Institute;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

ejournalist : a refereed media journal.

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CQUniversity

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