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Government to amend laws applicable to journalists and media

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The government has taken measures to amend existing laws applicable to journalists and media organisations and to formulate a national media policy.

Accordingly, the Cabinet of Ministers approved a resolution forwarded by Mass Media Minister Dullas Alahapperuma to appoint a committee with representations of individuals having experience in the fields such as media, marketing, education, law, administration and economy to propose recommendations to the Cabinet of Ministers to do that.

Addressing the weekly cabinet briefing at the Government Information Department, Minister Alahapperuma said that the attention has been drawn by now to prepare a Sri Lankan media policy paying special attention to the laws, international laws, operation of national and international media institutions as well as social and cultural identities, building necessary background to present media personalities with esteemed professional skills, education on the use and behaviour of media including the social media, socialization of knowledge, understanding and communication strategies and supplying required facilities for digital technology considering the global trends and developments in the mass media and communication fields.

For this purpose, the requirement to amend existing laws policies and ethics in regard to media personnel and mass media institutions has been recognized.

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