SLJTU and Keheliya discuss code

The newly formed Sri Lanka Journalists Trade Union (SLJTU) has had discussions with Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella on the proposed media code of ethics.President of the SLJTU Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema said that the right to information was also discussed at the meeting with the Minister. Addressing the media today, Abeywickrema said that it was agreed a broad discussion needs to take place on the topic before it is implemented. The General Secretary of the SLJTU, Priyantha Karunarathna, said that the intention of the trade union is not to confront the management of any media institution over any issue.Instead he said the SLJTU hopes to have broad discussions with them on issues that arise concerning the media in Sri Lanka or journalists attached to the respective newspaper or electronic media. (Colombo Gazette) She said that the SLJTU hopes to have a discussion with the local media on the proposed code in future as well. The SLJTU, which was launched today, consists of journalists from the print, electronic and online media in Sri Lanka.Abeywickrem said that the SLJTU hopes to address various concerns of the media and media workers through the trade union.