The Ministry of Mass Media and Information has begun the preliminary work on preparing a Code of Media Ethics with the concurrence of all stakeholders to realize the aim of establishing a more ethical and advanced media culture as envisioned in the Mahinda Chintana programme.
As an initial step a draft prepared using details in the code of media ethics adopted by local media, professional organizations and related international experiences has been published in the Ministry's official website http://www.media.gov.lk , the Ministry Secretary Dr. Charitha Herath said.
"Since the intention is to draw up a Code of Ethics for Journalists, after meticulously studying all proposals and views received from those keen in this regard representing every section of society, the ministry has invited the public to send in their views," a communiqué issued by the Ministry said.
The draft Code will protect both the rights of the individual and uphold the public's right to know, the Secretary assured.
"It should be honoured to the letter as well as in spirit- neither interpreted so narrowly as to compromise its commitment to respect the rights of the individual nor so broadly as to prevent publication in the public interest," Dr. Herath said.