Feb 07, Colombo: The Press Complaints Commission of Sri Lanka (PCCSL) has planned a series of activities to celebrate its 10th anniversary this year.
According to the latest PCCSL newsletter, the activities, scheduled to be commenced from May will include two high-level round tables with Sri Lankan editors and an international conference.
The round tables with Sri Lankan editors will focus on establishing in-house reporting guidelines including on how to deal with information from the internet in line with the PCCSL Code of Conduct and establishing guidelines for internal governance.
The round tables will be followed up by provision of in-house media management consultancy to a minimum of five media houses with a focus of implementation of the guidelines and promotion of professionalism within the media houses, the PCCSL said in its newsletter.
The 10th anniversary international conference, highlighting the importance of in-house media and internal governance guidelines, will feature three high-level international speakers.
The conference will offer a further opportunity to highlight excellence in journalism, the organizers say.
International speakers are expected to focus on the issue of reporting human rights and the role of media in national reconciliation, two of the key themes of the Commonwealth Heads of Governments meeting (CHOGM) to be held in Sri Lanka in November.
The PCCSL will also organize a high-level session with editors and senior journalists on the key issues of the Commonwealth Heads of Governments Meeting.
Meet the press high-level discussions in cooperation with the Commonwealth secretariat during the Commonwealth Meeting are included in the activities planned for the 10th anniversary. The discussions are aimed at further strengthening quality reporting on the conference.
The Press Complaints Commission of Sri Lanka is a voluntary self-regulatory mechanism inaugurated on October 15, 2003 by the media industry of Sri Lanka. It entertains complaints from public about the press and provides free redress to the affected.