RTI Empowering Media Freedom – Mangala Samaraweera


SL was ranked 165th in the 2014 World Press Freedom Index and has since moved to the 131st place in 2018, Finance and Mass Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera said.“There is clearly a long way to go, but we are moving in the right direction”, he said.

Addressing the 20th Anniversary of the Colombo Declaration on Media Freedom and Social Responsibility yesterday(27) at the Cinnamon Grand Colombo, Minister said that the freedom of media directly contributes to the economic, political and social well-being of the country.“We do expect balanced, unbiased and fact based reporting.It would strengthen our democracy without harming our core values”, he said.

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