July 12, Colombo: A discussion has been started with regard to media rights and standards and there will be no media suppression through this dialogue, the Deputy Minister of Skills Development and Vocational Training Karunaratne Paranavithana said.
Responding to a question raised by a journalist at the cabinet media briefing held at the Department of Government Information today (12), the Deputy Minister said that discussions are being held with media institutions and general public regarding the draft bill.
Paranavithana said that some people are trying to create an opinion that this Media Regulatory Act will lead to suppression of the media. He said false rumors are circulating in society pertaining to the dialogue.
The Deputy Minister said the goal of the bill is to create a regulatory body with representatives because when it comes to democracy and media the government alone cannot intervene. He pointed out the necessity to regulate media in a democratic manner.
He said the draft bill is being prepared with the contribution from all the members of the parliament and a ministerial sub-committee has been appointed to proceed with the preparation of the proposed draft bill.