Sri Lankan government mulls a program to establish a good media culture in the country

Dec 14, Colombo: Media and Information Minister of Sri Lanka Keheliya Rambukwella has said that the government was looking at a new programme in order to establish a good media culture in the country.

The Minister has revealed this in the parliament yesterday during the Committee Stage budget debate of the Ministry of Mass Media.

Emphasizing that the free media and responsible media should both work together, the Minister has said the President after ending the war in the North has enabled the media personnel in those areas to function freely.

Referring to comments made by opposition political parties on the blocking of websites, Rambukwella has questioned whether clandestine websites that pop up on a daily basis should be allowed to act without responsibility.

“These websites have been asked to legally register and if they do not prefer to carry out their work in a legal manner, their agendas are clear,” he has said.

Operators of those websites should register as the public has the right to know who writes on those websites and they have a right to reply, the Minister has emphasized.

The Minister has added that the media institutions operating under the government have recorded massive profits during past two years when international media giants faced financial crises.

According to Rambukwella, the President was expected to make a statement in parliament on the 21st on the amendment to the age limit for journalists to receive a vehicle loan.

The President in the budget speech announced that journalists who have served for a period of 25 years and above would be entitled to a Rs. 1.2 million vehicle loan.

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