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* Election Monitor says media should be more democratic
Fri, Nov 8, 2019, 12:03 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Nov 08, Colombo: An election monitoring group in Sri Lanka, Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) emphasizes that the media should be more democratic.

CaFFE's acting executive director Ahmed Manas Makin said at a workshop in Vavuniya Thursday it is clearly observed that the majority of the media institutions support a specific candidate.

Mr. Ahmed Manas said CaFFE is conducting a survey regarding the matter and is expected to release the report after the Presidential election.

He noted that recently the Election Commission ordered the state-owned Independent Television Network to suspend political programs and later withdrew the other demonstrating its power to take strict action against the state media. However, he added that the private media is shamelessly violating media ethics, knowing that the Elections Commission has no power on private media.

CaFFE acting director pointed out that the legal conditions that can be taken against the violation of media norms need to be reworked and added that the CaFFE hopes to actively contribute to the revision of these laws in the future.

CaFFE has so far received 684 complaints, the majority of which are violation of campaign rules.


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