|Saturday, 01 March 2003|
The delegates attending the Commonwealth press Union Conference of newspaper publishers and editors have unanimously passed a resolution hailing the steps taken by the government to relax the draconian media laws which suppressed the freedom of expression.
The delegates attending the Biennial conference of the Commonwealth Press Union, offers their congratulations to the Government of Sri Lanka for initiating an impressive slew of measures designed to strengthen the legal and institutional foundation of a free media.
"We applaud the repeal of the law on criminal defamation and the forthcoming repeal of the laws relating to press censorship and contempt of court".
"Similarly we welcome the Governments support for the establishment of the Sri Lanka Press Institute and the Press Complaints Commission which will replace the government appointed Press Council".
"We are confident that the measures - taken together with the proposed Freedom of Information Act and the Citizens Charter Law - will enable the media in Sri Lanka to discharge our responsibilities to the public without let or hinderance".
Produced by Lake House