Lofty Goals

Some 3,000 odd working journalists in Sri Lanka are hoping for better pay and working conditions after several industry associations signed up to honour a new media charter on Thursday. Some 3,000 odd working journalists in Sri Lanka are hoping for better pay and working conditions after several industry associations signed up to honour a new media charter on Thursday. Drawn up by the leading journalists’ organizations and the Centre for Policy Alternatives, the charter ties down employers to honour basic rights for working journalists.

Some of the salient features includes:
• employment contract setting out wages, conditions and labour rights
• improve safety and security to journalists and media staff
• limit the use of freelance and casual labour and ensure proper remuneration
• guarantee non-discrimination and gender equality at all levels
• recognize the rights of trade unions
• access to proper professional training

“We want to lift the standards of journalism in this country and the charter hopes to promote public service journalism, media freedom and professional rights,” explained Sunanda Deshapriya Head of the Media Unit, Centre for Po