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An International Media Policy Council for the Protection of Human Rights in the field of Communications has been established with the participation of two organisations of Sri Lankan journalists in the country and abroad.

Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka (JDS), the Sri Lankan partner organisation of Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the Free Media Movement (FMM) have joined together with other organisations across the world to form the Forum on Information and Democracy.

They are scheduled to hold their inaugural General Assembly online on Friday (24), to coincide with the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

"As organisations committed to defending the right to freedom of expression on the internet and beyond, we hope to contribute to this process by presenting proposals to civil society. We are independent of the interests of private companies and political powers," said the Forum for Information and Democracy.

Following are the organisations that signed the declaration:

Africa Freedom of Information Centre

Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University

CyberPeace Institute

DataLeads

Defend Democracy

Derechos Digitales

Digimar Institute

Free Media Movement – Sri Lanka

Freedom House

Freedom of Information Center

Fundación Ciudadanía Inteligente

Fundación Ciudadanía y Desarrollo

Fundación Karisma

Global Disinformation Index

Global Forum for Media Development

Global Partners Digital

Globe International Center

Gulf Centre for Human Rights

Internet lab

Internews

Intervozes

JONCTION

Journalists for Democracy - Sri Lanka

JustNetCoalition

Maharat

National Union of Journalists of Philippines

New Narratives

PEN International

Ranking Digital Rights

Red en Defensa de los Derechos Digitales

Samir Kassir Foundation

World Movement for Democracy