For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya
Srilankamirror and 26 other websites received their certificates of registration with the Media and Information Ministry at a function chaired by minister Keheliya Rambukwella.
In all, 45 websites will be registered initially, said ministry secretary W.B. Ganegala.
Of the 80 applications received by the ministry, 18 applicants did not turn up for the interviews, while 17 were rejected for failing to conform to the requirements, he said.
Minister Rambukwella said web registration was something that should have taken place earlier, and added that he was happy that it happened at least now.
The media has the right to agree, disagree or reject any opinion, but cannot have the right to insult anybody, he went onto say.
According to him, 49 state and private radio channels and 21 television channels are registered, while the Sri Lanka Press Council has given registrations to 153 newspapers.
The minister hoped that the websites would follow the set of ethics provided along with the registration certificates.
The registration certificate for websites is valid for one year period, and could be extended upon request.
The Ministry said it would register websites in the order of receipt of applications
13 January 2012 16:27