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PCCSL CEO Sukumar Rockwood reads the Report while looking on from left to right: Ms. Farina Raheem and Ms. Udari Weerasinghe from Messrs Corporate Services (Private) Limited, Secretaries of the PCCSL and PCCSL Deputy Chairman Sinha Ratnatunga

The Press Complaints Commission of Sri Lanka (PCCSL) received 133 complaints last year. Of the 133 complaints, 84 complaints were valid complaints falling within the purview of the PCCSL mechanism with the Editors publishing a ‘Right of Readers’ for 29 of them, Chief Executive Officer of the PCCSL said in his annual report for 2016.

The report was read out at the Annual General Meeting of the Commission held last Tuesday (July 12, 2017) at the Sri Lanka Press Institute auditorium in Colombo.
CEO Sukumar Rockwood further stated that the Sinhala press which comprises 37.20 per cent of the country’s newspapers attracted a majority of the complaints. He said that the Commission received the fullest co-operation from editors to resolve these complaints amicably and swiftly.

He said that as many as 317 complaints were resolved directly by editors providing a ‘Right of Readers’ to the aggrieved parties.