The proposed Sri Lanka Broadcasting Authority act will be an unsuccessful attempt to deny the fundamental right of freedom of expression and to limit democratic rights, said MP for the Freedom People’s Council Prof. Charitha Herath.
Speaking to the media in Colombo yesterday (31), Herath said the draft act is apparently a document subjected to no dialogue at all and formulated with a very narrow line of thinking.
It is a very basic document devoid of any vision, objective or definition, he charged.
The bill does not recognize media as an already existent industry and shrinks the freedom of expression, said the MP.
Referring to the composition of the broadcasting authority commission, Herath called for further discussions on its quorum of three members, a wholly inappropriate number of officials vested with powers to take decisions.