ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has formulated a broadcast authority law to regulate electronic media which will be made public soon, Cabinet spokesman Minister Bandula Gunawardana said.
“The draft prepared by a cabinet subcommittee under Justice Minister Wijedasa Rajapaksa has discussed with various parties will be given to all media institutions and broadcast media,” Gunawardana said.
“We do not have to hide or force anyone. A legal framework that can be acceptable to all for all sectors.”
“In a week or two Minister Wijedasa will discuss with state and private stakeholders.”
At the moment Sri Lanka has issued frequencies without conforming to an “international procedures”, he said.
In Sri Lanka television frequencies are issued under a state television act.
Successive administrations in Sri Lanka has since around 1980 mis-used state television duopoly which including for conducting elections according to critics.
Private television as well a raio emerged around the 1990s and has since over shadowed state media.
There have been calls by ruling party politicians from time to time to control private media. There is now calls to control social media.
At a Committee on Public Accounts meeting of the Department of Government Information, ruling coalition legislators called for regulation of television content. (Colombo/May30/2023)