World journalists body appeals to President, Prime Minister
The International Federation of Journalists has appealed to the
President and the Prime Minister to maintain media freedom and respect
the independence of journalists, particularly in the state-owned
media, during the current political uncertainty that has swept the
The IFJ has
appealed to the President and the Prime Minister to find the political
will to work together and establish an independent media commission
to oversee the state-owned media institutions and ensure that the
Government withdraws from the editorial process in Sri Lanka's state-owned
The IFJ statement,
issued just weeks before its December 1-3 Colombo meeting on editorial
independence and public service values in journalism, noted that
the President had reportedly replaced editors and senior journalists
in both state-owned print and broadcast outlets with those who are
aligned to the new administration.
"There is a long tradition of political interference in the
state-owned media in Sri Lanka and it has just got to stop,"
IFJ President Christopher Warren said in the statement.
Lankan public has the absolute right to trust that the news and
current affairs being produced by the state-owned media are truly
independent - and right now they are being denied this right,"
Mr. Warren said.
need to be able to perform independent and ethical journalism, free
from political interference. Now is the perfect time for the political
leaders to show the will to put faith back into Sri Lanka's public
media and establish a truly independent media commission,"