Sri Lanka Press Association, inaugurated on October 09, 1955 by the editor of “Navalokaya” magazine and winner of the Lenin Peace Prize, the Ven. Udakendawala Siri Saranankara Thera and the then Deputy Editor of the Communist Party newspaper “Maubima”, Hema de Silva. Fostered with incessant toil by the then Chief Editor of the “Dinamina” the renowned journalist D. F. Kariyakarawana, the Sri Lanka Press Association is the oldest media association in the country and a welcome move in the media field.

The Sri Lanka Press Association is a cultural organization and not a trade union. However, it does not ignore issues that affect the profession. It was the Sri Lanka Press Association that demanded a pension scheme for media personnel. It recorded another first by offering its membership to proof readers of newspapers. The SLPA is the only media association that worked out an effective mechanism to give due recognition to the provincial media personnel who had been cold shouldered.


The main objectives of the Sri Lanka Press Association, that have been expanded to cover every corner of the media field, are to impart a thorough knowledge of journalism through workshops and lectures, to open up vast new fields for journalists to gain experience through interaction with their counterparts in other countries, to create awareness on the new trends in journalism and to equip them to be complete journalists. It represents all religions and communities without having any bearing whatsoever on party politics, or on extremist ideologies.


Finding the ideal balance between how much of political and ownership interference ought to prevail, and the duty to evolve a true democratic movement is a difficult task and a challenge facing the media. Sri Lanka Press Association which is committed to the arduous task of leading the media personnel along the right path to overcome that challenge, and to the welfare of the media personnel has implemented a vast programme that can be lined up as follows, to achieve that object.

Sinhala Language Classes

Sinhala language classes for journalists organized by the Press Commissioner S.Dammula were conducted by Prof. J.B. Dissanayake and Honorary Patron D.F. Kariyakarawana.


The association went through another distinct phase by publishing several books authored by the members. The first publication sponsored by the association was the “Malpolura” a children’s song book authored by Pushpa Ilangatilleka.


Membership shall be extended to any person whose application has been accepted and who has paid the required annual membership fee. All active members of the Corporation shall be qualified to be elected as a director or an officer of the Corporation and its Chapters and to vote at all annual or special general meetings of the Corporation and its Chapters.


Thousands of journalists who attended the workshops and courses conducted by experts in mass media from U.S.A., England and Germany received by vocational training of high standard and adjusted themselves to the field as veterans.

College of Journalism

The College of Journalism was established on February 13, 2000 with Mr. D.F. Kariyakarawana with Honorary Patron Mr D.F. Kariyakarawana as principal. The inaugural ceremony was held at the Ranmutu Hotel in Colpetty. The course in the English language medium was held at the National Library Services Board auditorium.

Working Journalist Association

Founded on October 09, 1979 at the Colombo Foundation Institute. Working JOurnalist Association is committed to the professional wellbeing of the journalists