Sri Lanka Press Institute (SLPI) calls to rescind the ill-advised executive decision to reactivate the Press Council with immediate effect. They accused President Maithripala Sirisena of re-establishment of the government appointed Press Council, re-introduction of dormant legislation. They also mentioned the President has re-constituted the Press Council, illegally.
Releasing a media statement SLPI have said that the President, who vowed to uphold media freedom has failed to do as promised and that has in fact re-introduced laws to jail journalists and publishers. They have also pointed out that this is completely reversing an election promise of the President to ensure the stoppage of direct and indirect threats and intimidation against print media personnel and their owners.
Further expressing their position, SLPI have mentioned that Sri Lanka was the first South-Asian country to introduce self-regulation and an 11 member Dispute Resolution Council of the Press Council of the Press Complaints Commission of Sri Lanka (PCCSL). It has dispensed with over 1,500 complaints received by the public.
SLPI is a body incorporated and constituted by the Newspaper Society of Sri Lanka, the Editors’ Guild of Sri Lanka, the Free Media Movement and Sri Lanka Working Journalists Association to assist, encourage and facilitate the Press to exercise and uphold its freedom and be responsible to the public.