For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya
In the backdrop of various slanderous articles being carried by websites targeting prominent figures in society, the government yesterday said that it would soon introduce a set of guidelines and a code of conduct for media to be adhered to by all media institutions and media persons in the country.
The government jointly with private and state media is to set up these guidelines which would be gazetted under the relevent laws.
According to Media Ministry Secretary W.B. Ganegala, a committee appointed by the ministry will soon introduce guidelines and code of conduct for journalists to be considered by all stakeholders ranging from media organizations to media persons.
He said that the ministry expects to create a dialogue over these media guidelines. “We are not going to implement guidelines which cannot be accepted,” he said.
“A public dialogue needs to be created in order for guidelines to evolve and a code of conduct acceptable to all media institutions,” he said.