Government to regulate news websites

The government has decided to regulate news websites, Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said today.

Speaking at the weekly cabinet press briefing the Minister said that the Press Council Act of Sri Lanka will be amended to incorporate news websites.

The Sri Lanka Press Council is a statutory institution established under the Sri Lankan Press Council Act No. 05 of 1973 which comes under the purview of the Ministry of Mass Media and Information.

The functions of the Council range from legal registration of newspapers to examination of complaints lodged as a result of news reports published in them.

Raising awareness in journalists, reporters, apprentice journalists, stake holders and school students on the development of journalism and its contribution towards national development is also among the functions of the Press Council.

Under the existing press council if any person/ institution is disturbed or defamed by erroneous news reports, photographs published in any newspaper in Sri Lanka, it could be complained to the Sri Lanka Press Council. A Systematic investigation will then be conducted on the complaints and legal actions will be taken accordingly.