President Maithripala Sirisena says the free media policy of the government will be further strengthened.
The Head of State said it was the responsibility of media to act impartially within a free media environment claiming certain media institutions were acting in an unsatisfactory manner.
The President expressed these views during a media briefing with heads of media at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday (Tuesday 19th) evening.
The Head of State noted media possessed the right to criticize any action of the government stating the government has ensured complete media freedom.
President Sirisena however expressed disappointment over certain reports containing baseless allegations and criticisms, adding media institutions and personnel were intimidated under the former government.
President Maithripala Sirisena while noting it was the government’s intention to fortify media freedom, urged all media outlets to act responsibly.
Furthermore changes will be introduced to the field of media through digitalization which includes the renewal of transmission licenses of media institutions.