Media freedom and rights of journalists will be strengthened:Statement from the President

Media freedom and rights of journalists will be strengthened:Statement from the President

Media freedom and rights of journalists will be strengthened:Statement from the President

Written by Staff Writer

03 May, 2016 | 9:15 pm

President Maithripala Sirisena presided over an event in Colombo, organised to mark World Press Freedom Day which falls on Tuesday, May 03.

A set of proposals to establish a righteous media culture in Sri Lanka by the Sri Lankan University Teachers Association of Communication and Media Studies, was presented to the President at this event.

President Sirisena noted that the Right to Information Bill will be presented in parliament since the government is one which accepts policies of media freedom. When governments were elected in 1970 and 77 he served as a provincial correspondent for three years at Lake House.

Explaining further, he noted that journalists can be proud since a journalist has been elected as the president of the country. The government, as a state policy has accepted media freedom, the rights of journalists, strengthening the media institutions and nourishing them and are committed to do what is required, to ensure that is done.

He added that in his point of view, the world is ruled by the media, and not politicians. There are media institutions that make complaints against the actions of certain media institutions in the country. Just as the media freedom is nurtured and protected, all media heads should always make sure activities are carried out in an ethical way. Specially to which extent websites use the freedom they have.

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