Sri Lanka businesses warned on planned media curbs

Chief Regulatory Officer at CSE Renuke Wijayawardhane presenting the listing certificate to Executive Chairperson at Renuka Hotels Shibani Thambiayah

June 07, 2013 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s businesses had been warned on the future effects on liberty in the island following attempts to impose fresh controls on the media through a ‘code of ethics’. Government officials have said it does not amount to a new law but critics say the island has a history of undermining liberties of the individual which has in turn hurt the economy and business.

A free flow of information is essential for businesses to operate and succeeded and especially to have an international reach.

Chandra Jayarantne, a head of Sri Lanka’s Chamber of Commerce and financial sector executive has written an open letter to business leaders.

-An Open Letter to Business Leaders-

Drop your Myopic Eye View in Reviewing the Code of Media Ethics

-Chandra Jayaratne-

Business Leaders, it is essential that you urgently review, the recently circulated œCode of Media Ethics of the Ministry of Mass Media and Information. This review must be undertaken discarding a shortsighted perspective. It is sincerely urged that you enter the public debate of the draft ˜Code’ with open eyes, without fear or prejudice, but with the past history etched clearly