The Press Complaints Commission of Sri Lanka (PCCSL), the media industry’s self-regulatory body received 176 complaints against the country’s print media last year (2012), the Commission’s Annual Report stated.
This includes 87 complaints against Sinhala language newspapers, 42 against the Tamil press and 29 against the English media with 18 outside the print media. The Sinhala language media comprise 44 per cent of the total print media publications, while the Tamil comprise 26 per cent and English 28 per cent.
The report which was submitted to the PCCSL’s annual general meeting at the auditorium of the Sri Lanka Press Institute states that 67 of these complaints were resolved by the end of 2012, while 17 were pending, while the Complainant did not proceed with 45. Thirty nine (39) were outside the mandate of the Commission, six were sub-judice and the editors hadn’t co-operated on three complaints.
The report refers to essay competitions on media ethics conducted with schools, publications on human trafficking with the ILO and on investigative journalism and the revision of the rules and procedures of the PCCSL, seminars with the Ministry of Defence, the visits of foreign media delegations from Myanmar and Vietnam to study self-regulation of the media in Sri Lanka and workshops on ethical reporting in Colombo, Hendala, Kalubowila, Kelaniya, Negombo, Gampaha, Moratuwa, Horana, Kurunegala, Puttalm, Anuradhapura, Kandy, Badulla, Galle and Jaffna for provincial correspondents and civil society members including school principals, police officers, professionals, academics etc., as among the highlights of the Commission’s work. (Colombo Gazette)