Government Considering Proposal To Set Up Regulatory Authority for Media And Social Media

The government of Sri Lanka is paying attention to the establishment of a regulatory body for all media, including social media.

According to Minister of Justice Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, a study is being conducted on the preparation of a necessary bill to introduce a law for the establishment of a regulatory body. The minister further stated that it would be applicable to all media.

This move comes as there are currently no fundamental laws to regulate the content on television, radio and new media in Sri Lanka. The government says that sometimes various parties confront a variety of problems in issuing licenses to such media and while broadcasting audio-visual content by such media

In March 2021, The Sri Lanka Press Institute (SLPI), its constituents and affiliated organizations met with the then Minister of Mass Media, Keheliya Rambukwella to submit an outline of the proposal for a single Authority to monitor the Media, including print, radio, television and digital based on self-regulatory principles that will ensure freedom of expression and social responsibility,