“A collective effort is needed to rouse the nations’ interest to ensure that assaults, threats, kidnapping, killings of journalists and media workers would not re-occur in the future and the Sri Lankan government must restore complete press freedom”, said Jacob Mathew, Global President of WAN-IFRA (World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers).

Speaking on “The Media Today-Challenges and Opportunities” at the Sri Lanka Press Institute (SLPI) Press Club held on Tuesday (20) at Hotel Taj Samudra, Mr. Mathew said that Government and Parliament must heed to the voice of the world and remove all restrictions they has imposed on media through legislations.

“Certain telecom companies in the country have blocked certain websites that the authorities dislike and it is certainly a form of censorship. Media should be the heart of a country’s sustainable development and given top priority,” he added.

Mr. Mathew said in recent times print media has become under immense pressure as readers increasingly use mobile phones and tablets to read.

“In order to survive in the digital world, we must use new tools such as smart phones and tablets to generate revenue,”he added.

Jacob Mathew is Executive Editor and Publisher of the Malayala Manorama Group of Publications in Kerala, India, a group with 50 publications and a daily with a circulation of more than 1.9 million copies per day.

Mr.Mathew was elected April 2011 by the WAN-IFRA General Assembly of Members, held during the WAN-IFRA Board meeting in Dublin, Ireland. He is the first Indian to hold the presidency of WAN-IFRA.

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