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The President says the media personnel are responsible to bring more positive news to the public.

President Maithripala Sirisena said the media personnel are responsible to bring more positive news to the public.  He added that all the negative incidents for instance, conflicts and destructions are being brought to the people through major news segments in the media.  President Sirisena was speaking at the 61st Anniversary of the Sri Lanka Press Association which was held at the BMICH today.  He highlighted that the present administration has taken a complete array of measures to ensure freedom of media.  The right to information Act which is a vital tool for both the public and the journalists has been passed in Parliament.  The government is also committed to provide infrastructure that is important to better reporting.

 Addressing the gathering Minister of Mass Media Gayantha Karunathilaka said that the journalists have been ensured space for engaged in investigative journalism.  He pledged to implement Right to Information by February.

The Minister also said that the journalists have a huge power to bring a society in a right or wrong path.  Deputy Minister Karunarathna Paranavithana said that democratic constitutions in both Sri Lanka and India have resulted media freedom.

10 veteran journalists were awarded at the event.  In addition, 20 members of the SLPA were awarded with "Lekana Abhiman" title.  Former announcer of the SLBC Prabha Ranathunga, former Director of the English Service of the SLBC, Nihal Bharathi, Provincial Correspondent Wehelle Piyathilaka were felicitated at the event.  Journalist of the SLBC Upul Janaka Jayasinghe and 15 other journalists received awards from the President.