PRESIDENT FOR media’s own ETHICS CODE

Charitha Herath
Mass Media and Information Ministry Secretary Dr. Charitha Herath

It is the view of the President that a comprehensive Code of Ethics for the Media should emerge from ‘within the industry and the Government would only play a supportive role,’ Mass Media and Information Ministry Secretary Dr. Charitha Herath said.

He said the Mass Media and Information Ministry has begun the preliminary work on preparing a Code of Media Ethics with the concurrence of all stakeholders to realise the aim of establishing a more ethical and advanced media culture as envisioned in the Mahinda Chinthana programme. As an initial step a draft prepared using details in the code of media ethics adopted by local media, professional organisations and related international experiences has been published in the Ministry’s official website www.media.gov.lk.

Since the intention is to draw up a Code of Ethics for Journalists, after meticulously studying all proposals and views received from those keen in this regard representing every section of society, the ministry has invited the public to send in their views, a communique issued by the ministry said. In terms of the draft, the Code will protect both the rights of the individual and uphold the public’s right to know.

It should be honoured to the letter as well as in spirit- neither interpreted so narrowly as to compromise its commitment to respect the rights of the individual nor so broadly as to prevent publication in the public interest.

(Courtesy: Daily News)

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