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Thursday, September 23, 2021

Sri Lanka plans to establish media tribunal under its authority

The government of Sri Lanka has decided to establish a Media tribunal for electronic, print and new media under the press council which is a political tool of the government.

All members of the press council and its chairperson are now appointed by the president.

Its present chairperson officially took leave to work for the Rajapaksa led Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) during the last general election. He engages in day to day political activities supporting the ruling party.

His Facebook page is merely a propaganda page for the Rajapaksa government.

Now Ministry of Mass Media had published an advertisement calling for proposals and views to restructure the Press Council as a tribunal for journalists and media institutions. In short, the government wants to establish a government controlled media regulatory body to punish journalists and media in Sri Lanka.

The advertisement:

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