|Sri Lanka Press Council|
Sri Lanka Press Council No 155/15, Kasal Street, Colombo 08
Telephone: 011-2693271 / Fax: 011-2693271
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. A code of Ethics for journalists has been introduced as rules by the Gazette Extraordinary No 162/5 A of 14th October 1981.
To protect the press freedom of Sri Lankan
To popularize press freedom as a cultural element for national development.
Chairman and the Board of Directors
Press Commissioner - Mr. J.D.C. Jayasingha
Assistant Press Commissioner - Mr. Niroshana Thambawita
Accountant - Mr. S.A Jagathsiri
Press Commissioner, the Chief Executive Officer of the Council will act under the common command and control of the council.
Objectives of the Council
Functions of the Council
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.
Registration of Newspapers.
As per Sections 25 and 26 of the Sri Lanka Press Council Act all newspapers, magazines, periodicals published in the island should be registered in the Sri Lanka Press Council
01. Examination of Complaints against Newspapers
02. 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 be conducted on the complaints and legal actions will be taken accordingly.
03. Conducting Courses
I.Diploma Courses on Journalism and Communication Study.
II.Certificate Course on English Language
III.Workshops for provincial Journalists
IV.Conducting workshops and seminars for students and other institutions.
04. Publication of Journals on Journalism and Communication study.
Eventhough, initially the publications issued by the Sri Lanka Press Council were centered around journalism and journalists, the Press Council has now decided to issue publications covering all media. It is expected to issue publications aimed at the development of journalism.
Some Publications of the Sri Lanka Press Council are as follows.
4. An access to provincial news reporting
5. Madya Sameeksha- I
6.Series of books on Communication
I.An Introduction to Media Literacy.
II.Language and Communication
III.Media Education and Newspaper
IV.An Introduction to Photographic Journalism
V.Origin and Development of Newspaper in Sri Lanka
(These publications can be obtained at the Sri Lanka Press Council)
05. Conducting Researches on Contemporary Issues
It is the function of the Press Council to conduct researches on contemporary issues with a social impact and to provide guidance to the Government with the facts revealed.
06.Proposed Research/ Research on Reading Newspapers 2011 ( Using students)
07.Registration of Media Associations.
I.Professional Media Association
II.District Media Association
III.School Media Association
IV.Other Media Association
V.Discussions / Seminars
Organizing Seminars on contemporary issues with social impact.