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* Media organization in Sri Lanka demands right to information and media freedom
Thu, Feb 6, 2014, 09:02 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 06, Colombo: The Action Committee for Media Freedom (ACMF) in Sri Lanka, which consists of nine media organizations, will commence a campaign to demand legislation on right to information and proper investigations into the attacks, abductions and murder of media personnel in the past few years.

Holding its inaugural news conference, the ACMF said that a seminar to create awareness will be held at the Public Library Auditorium on the 13th of this month. A second seminar is scheduled to be held in Kandy.

A petition to gather one million signatures demanding right to information legislation will be launched following the seminar.

A leaflet distribution campaign will also be carried out in public places and outside media institutions.

The Committee said that the right to information and publication is a right of media personnel as well as citizens and is key to post-war reconciliation and development.

It pointed out that the public has every right to gain access to information and data as most of the projects carried out in Sri Lanka use public funds.

The ACMF has also demanded the government to declare the results of investigations carried out on murders, abductions and harassment of journalists over the last few years.

"Successive governments have failed to address the issue of media freedom and right to information," the Committee said.

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