SLPI Commemorates the ‘International Right to Know Day ‘

A section of the crowd attending the event to commemorate the International Right to Know Day held at the SLPI Auditorium on September 28, 2017. Ms. Namini Wijedasa (Right), Assistant Editor of the Sunday Times and recipient of the D.R. Wijewardene Award presented by The Editors’ Guild of Sri Lanka sharing her experience and emphasizing the role of media in utilizing the Right to Information (RTI) Act now in force.

The Sri Lanka Press Institute (SLPI) commemorated the ‘International Right to Know Day’ on Thursday, September 28, 2017. The purpose of dedicating such a day is to make citizens aware of their Constitutional right to access information from public authorities.

To symbolize this day, a session on the importance of the Media in utilizing the recently enacted Right to Information (RTI) Act was delivered by the guest speaker Ms. Namini Wijedasa, Assistant Editor, the Sunday Times. She shared her experience in gathering information using the RTI Act and disseminating the information for the public benefit.

SLPI also launched a Right to Information song on Social Media through its RTI Sri Lanka Facebook page as part of its continued efforts to promote and bring awareness to the public of the RTI Act of Sri Lanka. The RTI Act was first mooted in Sri Lanka at the 1998 Colombo Declaration on Media Freedom and Social Responsibility.

For further information : Please call RTI Helpline – 070 3300 700 or www.slpi.lk

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