PCC begins resolving disputes

The Press Complaints Commission (PCC) will inaugurate the work of its dispute resolution Council on Wednesday.

The Council, will receive, inquire into and make findings on complaints from the public on any matter published in the press from this date onwards.

The Council will also inquire into any breaches of the Code of Practice of the Editorsí Guild of Sri Lanka which has been adopted by the PCC.

The code is geared towards providing a balance between press freedom and social responsibility as proclaimed in the Colombo-Declaration of 1998 to which the Newspaper Society, the Editorsí Guild and the Free Media Movement (FMM) were joint signatories, PCC said in a statement.

The code also covers accurate reporting, corrections and apologies, the right of reply, protection of confidential sources, general reporting and writing, privacy, harassment and subterfuge and journalistic dignity.

All valid complaints will be inquired into by the Council of the PCC either by way of conciliation, mediation or arbitration under the Arbitration Act No. 11 of 1995.

The Press Complaints Commission is a self-regulatory mechanism and is incorporated under the Companiesí Act of Sri Lanka.

Its subscribers are the Newspaper Society of Sri Lanka, the Editorsí Guild of Sri Lanka and the Free Media Movement.