Amantha Perera is a foreign correspondent based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He covers Sri Lanka and the region with special interest in conflict, post conflict situations, humanitarian disasters and climate change. He works as a contributor for TIME, Reuters/Alertnet, the Inter Press News Service – IPS and the Integrated Regional Information Network – IRIN. Perera is currently pursuing post-graduate research on online trauma threats faced by journalists at CQUniveristy in Melbourne. You can follow him on Twitter at @AmanthaP.
Recent Posts by Amantha Perera
- March 10, 2020 by Amantha Perera
The Sri Lanka situation in many ways represents what is being experienced across the globe – journalists are not equipped deal with online threats, harassment or direct attacks. Very few recognise the emotional toll and impact on their lives.
- November 16, 2016 by Amantha Perera
Amantha Perera, a foreign correspondent and Dart Centre Asia Pacific’s Regional Facilitator, reflects on covering the Sri Lankan Civil War. “I did not see fear. I did not see sorrow, hate or revenge. I wish I had,” he writes. “I saw a deep, unfathomable darkness. An abyss. As if there was nothing left to feel, nothing to live for.”
- April 25, 2016 by Amantha Perera
One year after a pair of powerful earthquakes shook Nepal, resulting in the deaths of more than 8,000 people, Ochberg Fellow and Dart Asia Pacific Regional Facilitator Amantha Perera writes about the challenges of covering this tragedy and its aftermath, featuring lessons learned from Nepali journalists Sudarshan Khatiwada, Makar Shrestha and Sangita Shrestha. With reporting by Deepak Adhikari in Kathmandu.
Over the last three weeks, a pair of powerful earthquakes shook Nepal, resulting in the deaths of more than 8,000 people. The Dart Center spoke with journalists Russell Lewis and Amantha Perera, and clinician Patrice Keats, about the challenges of covering this tragedy, including verifying information in a time of emergency, speaking with families of missing people, and working through the personal challenges of covering trauma.
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