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Tharindu Jayawardhana, Sri Lanka
Why he's a hero: Tharindu uses the new media freedoms in his country to build partnerships across ethnic and linguistic barriers, writing stories about northern Tamil war veterans for the countries largest circulation Sinhalese newspaper.
Radio Bridge to Peace: Central African Republic
Why they are heroes: In a country divided by religious and sectarian violence, a radio station rebuilds with a joint Muslim/Christian steering committee, modeling cooperation in the war torn city of Bambari.
"The station not only shares accurate and useful information for living safely together, but it is a true community-owned resource with mixed local staff and programs."
— Mathias Manirakiza, Internews’ director in CAR