Investigative journalist Poddala Jayantha has won this year's Global Integrity Award. Transparency International (TI) created this prestigious award to recognise the courage and determination of individuals and organisations fighting corruption around the world.
This is the second time that a Sri Lankan won this award. The first time was when Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha Wickrematunga won the award in its inaugural year in 2000. Both were selected on the recommendation of Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL). Poddala Jayantha who fled the country following a brutal attack in June 2009 which permanently incapacitated him, could not attend the award ceremony held in Bangkok on Friday evening at the International Anti-Corruption Conference.
The award was received by TISL Executive Director J C Weliamuna on his behalf. Over 1,200 officials, activists and media personnel representing 214 countries attended the ceremony held in Queen Sirikith National Convention Centre in Bangkok.