A mechanism for the regulation of websites is to be implemented within the next two weeks, Minister of Mass Media Keheliya Rambukwella said yesterday.
Speaking at the Ministerial Consultative Committee on Mass Media on Saturday, the Minister also said the Press Council Act should be amended in a way that it would protect the dignity of the citizens and said the media should be regulated.
Minister of Education Prof. G.L Peiris said that a new law has been passed in Singapore to control such matters and having studied such, the formulation of a new mechanism should be made. He added that such laws must first be referred to a technical committee.
SLPP MP Suren Raghavan commenting on the matter stated that attempts to incite racism through social media should be curbed while MP Charitha Herath, said there should be proper mechanism should be formulated to regulate television and radio broadcasts as well.
SJB Manusha Nanayakkara said that what was needed is to reactivate the self-regulatory system for media institutions, which was discussed in 2015 and that the rights of the citizenry should be safeguarded.
The Committee also focused on the recognition of media persons as professionals, the establishment of a minimum wage scheme for journalists, allocation of graduates in Mass Communication to related vacancies, and regarding the appointment of teachers to schools for the purpose of teaching Mass Media as a subject.