In Sri Lanka one can find large numbers of Sri Lanka newspapers and magazines. They are published in all three national languages Sinhala, Tamil and English. Through these newspapers and their online editions many people including expats keep up with the day to day happenings in the "Motherland".
Moreover, if you are a tourist then you must be looking forward to visit different places in Sri Lanka. These newspapers will help you in knowing what are the latest events and festivals that are going on in the country. If you just wish to know about the best places, markets and monuments here then magazines can prove to be a good choice. You can buy one that will help you "be in the know"
There are also magazine editions of "Explore Sri Lanka" that can be downloaded from the Appstore - if you are a new visitor to Sri Lanka then this is a must read.
A long list of different newspapers and magazines that can prove to be less beneficial during your visit in the country so we will cover only the important newspapers. One of the measures on which you can differentiate between them is government owned and privately owned. However a major portion of the newspapers are owned by the government itself and they are simply referred to as state-owned papers. "Daily News" which is a daily English newspaper is published by ANCL (Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited) this is a government controlled entity. "The Island" is also strongly influenced by the government. The "Daily Mirror" is by far the best independent English newspaper but circulation is still limited to urban areas - although this might change in the near future. "Daily FT" is a financial times style newspapers that carries business related news and is very important if your looking to check the pulse of Sri Lanka business. It carries many relevant articles and is very current and relevant.
Paradigm shift happened in Sri Lanka when news alerts through SMS were first launched. It became the must have resource for news as SMS service rates came down significantly. All the main mobile telecom providers (Dialog, Mobitel, Etisalat, Airtel etc) offer different news service facilities through SMS.
The quality of online news sites varies significant - with some sites not being updated for months, and others are updated minute by minute. There has been a lot of controversy over private news websites attacking the Government and some have been shut down. Further, moves are being made to have all websites licensed by the Government or they will be blocked by the Government.
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Some of the Quality news sites are:
List of Sri Lanka newspapers:
Apart from these newspapers, there are many others as well that you can find in Sri Lanka. Each newspaper has something unique about it and thus it is not possible to conclude which of them is the best. After having a glance at each of them you can easily decide on one that you think is the best. All the newspaper agencies have their website as well and you can check out latest news there as well.
Other source of information for people coming to Sri Lanka is magazines of different types. The different types of magazines deal with different issues and you can choose the one of your interest. Some of the popular magazines of Sri Lanka include:
Few others magazines apart from the ones mentioned above include Colombo Chronicle, Explore Sri Lanka, Lanka Chronicle and lots more.
Sri Lanka newspapers and magazines are available in a wide variety and you can easily find the best one for you. If you are a visitor and want to gather the knowledge about different places then you can rely on "Explore Sri Lanka"
List of Sri Lanka Newspapers