Sri Lanka Government To Exert More Control On Press

The Sri Lankan government will review the Press Council Act in order to make amendments to include the current global media trends and platforms.

Jessica David

October 1, 2020

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Minister of Mass Media Keheliya Rambukwella told the Colombo Gazette that attention was focused on the Press Council Act during a meeting with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and other stakeholders from the Media Industry at the Presidential Secretariat on Tuesday (September 29). The government will review the Press Council Act of Sri Lanka in order to make amendments to include the current global media trends and platforms. During the meeting, it was noted that there was an increase in complaints on unfair allegations being raised.

Minister Rambukwella said the Press Council Act of Sri Lanka only addresses issues pertaining to the press in Sri Lanka. Unfair allegations were being raised against individuals, companies or business via electronic, print and social media platforms. The Press Council Act will have to be reviewed as a whole and amended as it is not inclusive of social media and other new media platforms, he said. The Minister added the Press Council Act will be developed as required in due time.

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