‘No plans to regulate, censor media’ | Daily News

‘No plans to regulate, censor media’

Co-Cabinet Spokesman Mass Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella yesterday refuted allegations levelled by various groups claiming that the government is seeking to regulate and censor the media. Responding to a question raised by a journalist at the Cabinet media briefing held at the Government Information Department yesterday (9), said that this was a fabrication by certain groups and that such a thing was not happening at the moment and would not be allowed to happen. The Minister said that the media is a very important and very sensitive field and journalists working in this sensitive field are highly recognised in the country. He said those who misuse the media can feel like there are moves to censor the media.

He said discussions are underway to regulate the media and to formulate a plan as to where it should be headed. The Mass Media and Information Minister said every word carried by the media should have value, significance as well as the acceptance of the people in the country. Our publication must have value in decision making.

There are 21 million citizens in the country and protecting the rights of those citizens is also a responsibility of the Media Ministry.