Sri Lanka’s first ever International Conference on ‘Right to Information’ will be held on 28th and 29th September in Colombo with the participation of nearly 300 foreign and local participants.

The International Conference is organized parallel to the International Right to Information Day, by the Department of Government Information in Sri Lanka in collaboration with the Ministry of Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media.

The opening ceremony will be held on 28th September at Hilton Colombo Residence under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. High profile politicians, academics, and experts including Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, Minister of Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media Gayantha Karunathilake, Deputy Minister Karunarathne Paranawithana, and the Director General of Government Information Dr. Ranga Kalansooriya.

Deputy Minster Paranawithana addressing media this evening at the Department of Government Information stated that the conference would focus its attention on the right to information, media regulation, and the current situation of mass media.

According to Dr. Ranga Kalansooriya, the implementation of the RTI Act should start from the grass root level and it is important to share the experience with the neighbor states such as India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.