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The government is considering setting up an independent authority to regulate the electronic media in the near future, sources said.

According to government sources, there had been a request from the electronic media for such an authority.

The sources also said the authority would have the power to handle complaints made against the electronic media just as the press complaints commission does. However, in this case, the authority would be legally bound to investigate the complaints received -- unlike the press complaints commission.

Commenting on the matter, a government official said the authority would be set up with the consent of all media stakeholders without the involvement of the government. It was also averred that there was no intention of controlling the media through the proposed authority. (Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 5

  • ANTON Tuesday, 19 April 2016 06:59 AM


    Thanos Tuesday, 19 April 2016 07:14 AM

    I am always concerned with any attempt to regulate free-speech but looking at the rabid rumor-mongering, hate-speeches and outright made-up news flying around in electronic media, maybe this is not a bad Idea as long as it doesn't infringe on genuine freedom of expression.

    Wele Vidane Tuesday, 19 April 2016 08:18 AM

    This is how people react when their party in power.

    annoyed Tuesday, 19 April 2016 09:56 AM

    Need of the hour -anything in SL would need an authority/regulatory body. Freedom in the wrong hands can be very misleading. Common sense, self-discipline, and unbiaseness should be key ingredients.

    Rajr Tuesday, 19 April 2016 11:55 AM

    Good if it covers fb too. Lies and defamation should be controlled. Racism as well.

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