May 05, Colombo: The Action Committee for Media Freedom in Sri Lanka will commence a public petition signing campaign on Monday (May 5) calling for the enactment of Right to Information and Publication legislation.
The campaign will commence opposite the Fort Railway Station at 4 p.m. today.
The event is organized under the theme of "Media Freedom for a Better Future" to mark the World Press Freedom Day 2014 that fell on Saturday May 03.
The Action Committee for Media Freedom that consists of the Sri Lanka Working Journalist Association, Federation of Media Employees Trade Union, Sri Lanka Tamil Media Alliance, Sri Lanka Muslim Media Forum, Sri Lanka Journalist's Trade Union, Professional Web Journalists' Association, Young Journalists' Association, Young Christian Journalists' Association, United Media Forum and Journalists for Freedom was formed with the aim of working to establish media freedom in the country.
The main goals of the Action Committee is to effectively lobby and struggle for the right to information and publication, justice to media personnel who have been murdered, assaulted, threatened, abducted, gone missing and even fled the country while also demanding proper inquiries into the attacks faced by some media institutions in the past few years.
According to the organizations, in order to achieve the goals of the country's media, a free media, a key feature in any democratic society, have to be established. The support and assistance of religious leaders, political parties, trade unions, civil society organizations and the general public plays a key role in ensuring media freedom in the country.
The Action Committee has called upon everyone supportive of this endeavor to join and support the cause.