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Tuesday, April 08, 2014 - 5.13 GMT

Journalists can now complain online to Press Council


The Press Council of Sri Lanka announced that journalists are now able to immediately lodge their complaints, regarding incidents of harassment, threats or injustices, via an online complaint mechanism which has been established at the Press Council.

Acting Press Commissioner, Nalaka Kaluwewa, expressing his views said that the initiative is part of the National Plan of Action (NPOA) which has been set in place to implement the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC). According to Kaluwewa, under the Press Council Act, the Press Council is unable to directly intervene in order to solve any complaints. Thus, the complaints received would be scrutinized by the council and directed to the relevant departments, institutions, ministries and law enforcement agencies.

The LLRC, in its set of recommendations, has suggested that measures should be taken to prevent harassment of media personnel and institutions, while awarding priority to such investigations especially in the gamut of prosecution and disposal.

Complaints could now be filed online via the online complaint system at





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