Aug 02, Colombo: The government does not take steps to impose laws or ethics on journalists but it is the responsibility of the media to impart truthful information to the public with self-regulation, said the Minister of Finance and Mass Media, Mangala Samaraweera.
While the media should reveal the corruptions and frauds in the government, there is a need for a new media culture that would not harm the three pillars - democracy, reconciliation and development - the President has laid foundation to build a new Sri Lanka, the Minister said.
The Minister has added that certain social networking websites and some of the newspapers have become factories manufacturing false news.
Minister Samaraweera expressed these views at the certificate award ceremony held at the BMICH today under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena to present Diploma in Media Studies and Journalism to 22 recipients of the 5th batch of the Diploma Course on Journalism and Communication conducted by the Sri Lanka Press Council.
The special guest lecture titled, 'Mass media guiding and media freedom,' was delivered by the Chairman of the Press Council of India, Chandramauli Kumar.
Deputy Ministers Lasantha Alagiyawanna, Karunaratne Paranavithana, dignitaries including Prof. Rohana Lakshman Piyadasa, Prof. Sunanda Mahendra, Senior Journalist Ariyarathna Dombagahawatta, Gamini Sumanasekara, Chairman of the Sri Lanka Press Council Mr. Koggala Wellala Bandula and others participated in the event.