Media Minister appoints committee to make state media a genuine public service

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – Sri Lanka’s Finance and Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera today appointed a committee to study the activities of state media institutions.

The committee was appointed with the objective to convert the current state media institutions into genuine public service media.

At a time when social dialogue on media use and independence has been launched media experts believe that the state media must become truly independent public service institutions before dealing with private media.

For this purpose, this seven-member committee was appointed by the Minister of Mass Media and Information, Mangala Samaraweera today.

The committee is responsible for studying the functioning of State media outlets and for the submission of necessary recommendations.

The seven-member committee is chaired by the former Director of UNESCO�s International Programme for Communication Development, Wijayananda Jayaweera.

Other members include Professor Jayadeva Uyangoda, Senior Lecturer in Mass Media Dr. Pradeep Weerasinghe, Nalaka Gunawardena, Kaushalaya Fernando, Anoma Rajakaruna and Attorney-at-Law Sudarshana Gunawardena.

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