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World newspaper body questions SL Press Council Act

The World Association of News Publishers has questioned clauses of the Sri Lanka Press Council Act.

In a letter addressed to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, World Association of News Publishers, CEO, Vincent Peyregne has urged that newspapers be regulated on the principles of self-regulation rather than on statutory laws like Press Council Act, which includes a provision to jail publishers and editors.

“We have noted with interest, several meetings you had with newspaper and other media heads and your assurances to them that there are no threats to media and they have the freedom to write factually.”

“As the largest newspaper organization in the world with an international membership of more than 3000 media institutions, we welcome your statements of assurances of media freedom as enshrined and guaranteed by Article 14(1)(A) in the Constitution of Sri Lanka which as stated, ‘gives every citizens the freedom of speech and expressions including publications’,” the letter addressed to President Rajapaksa read.