Sri Lanka columnist shortlisted for Bastiat online journalism prize

Aug 28, 2009 (LBO) – Rohan Samarajiva, who writes Lanka Business Online’s ‘Choices’ column has been shortlisted for the 2009 Bastiat Prize for online journalism along with two others who write for Britain’s Telegraph and US based Forbes.

Samarajiva, who heads LirneAsia, a policy research body, has been writing LBO’s widely read ‘Choices’ column from 2005.

The other two nominees are Shikha Dalmia, who writes for Forbes.com and Daniel Hannan, who writes for Telegraph.co.uk who is also a UK lawmaker.

The judges include former winners, Brian Carney and Amity Shlaes, and internet entrepreneurs Jimmy Wales (founder of Wikipedia), Esther Dyson and Scott Banister.

Most of the columns have also been translated into Sinhalese and published in Sri Lanka’s Ravaya newspaper. The annual prize is awarded by the UK-based International Policy Network (IPN).

IPN encourages better public understanding of the role of the institutions in social and economic development.

The prestigious Bastial Prize was first awarded in 2002 and judges have included Nobel prize winners Milton Friedman, James Buchanan and former British prime minister Margarat Thatcher.

The winner in the online section, who will receive 3,000 dollars, wil