US official to study state of media in Lanka

O_Connor_Eileen_200_1 (1)A US State Department official is to visit Sri Lanka this week to study the state of the media following the January 8 elections.

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, Eileen O’Connor will have talks in Sri Lanka with Government officials and the media during her visit, officials told the Colombo Gazette.

During her visit Eileen O’Connor will also have discussions on the proposed Right to Information Act (RTI).

O’Connor has worked as an attorney specializing in legal crisis management for high profile litigation, investigations, and controversies both in the U.S. and abroad.

She also served as President of the International Center for Journalists, a nonprofit that trains journalists in emerging democracies.

Prior to that, Ms. O’Connor spent 24 years as an award-winning on-air reporter, producer, and Bureau Chief for ABC News and CNN, covering the White House and conflicts in Bosnia, Chechnya, Northern Ireland, Israel, Ossetia, Ingushetia and the fall of Communism from bases in London, Moscow, Tokyo and Washington.

Her pro bono work centered on human rights issues for individuals and various non-governmental organizations, such as the Center for Justice and Accountability, the Women’s Refugee Commission, and Vital Voices.

O’Connor has a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, a post-graduate Diploma in World Politics from the London School of Economics, and B.S. in Business Administration from Georgetown University. Ms. O’Connor is an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University Law Center, and a member of the Atlantic Council. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. According to RT, US Main Stream Media toe the US Government Line. Not Free and become a joke on the US public. Please go home stick to your jokes. SL Main Stream Media can very well handle the Sri-Lankan News.

  2. Thanks to Yahapalana slaves, US is achieving what they could not do for long long time. They will collect all necessary information for future controlling of Sri Lanka. Always the actual mission is hidden and a friendly face will show up. Many middle-Eastern countries now in a ‘locked up’ situation where US decides who should be the leader of those countries.

    • The West is too smart for fools. Of course the drama has started; its too late to stop it. President Mahinda Rajapaksas has done good things, but the sad news is he didn’t understand how important to govern the country in truth. He has failed to govern the country as Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew. The West will undermine the Rajapaksa family with the help of Mr Ranil Wickremesinghe. The West has started to get a firm grip on Sri Lanka. Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe has to go with the West. If he goes to China to develop the country the West will divide the country to get a foothold in the Indian Ocean. You are going to access to diaspora’s wealth, skills and knowledge, but do you think that the West is going to sit and watch? The West didn’t provide education, job and citizenship to the diaspora to develop Sri Lanka or Asia. You are fooling yourselves. Wait and see how this will turned into a bloody disaster. Ranil, Mangala, and Mahishini have so much to learn. Foolish Tamils and Sinhalese never deserve to live like Singaporeans. You can try, but you will end up in disaster. In the history foolish leaders never led the country into prosperity, it will never happen.

  3. US getting too close to Sri Lanka is not a good sign.
    I hope our Government take note where ever the US went they made a mess.

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