An International Media Policy Council for the Protection of Human Rights in the field of Communications has been established with the participation of two organisations of Sri Lankan journalists in the country and abroad.
Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka (JDS), the Sri Lankan partner organisation of Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the Free Media Movement (FMM) have joined together with other organisations across the world to form the Forum on Information and Democracy.
They are scheduled to hold their inaugural General Assembly online on Friday (24), to coincide with the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
"As organisations committed to defending the right to freedom of expression on the internet and beyond, we hope to contribute to this process by presenting proposals to civil society. We are independent of the interests of private companies and political powers," said the Forum for Information and Democracy.
Following are the organisations that signed the declaration:
Africa Freedom of Information Centre
Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University
Free Media Movement – Sri Lanka
Freedom of Information Center
Fundación Ciudadanía Inteligente
Fundación Ciudadanía y Desarrollo
Global Disinformation Index
Global Forum for Media Development
Global Partners Digital
Globe International Center
Gulf Centre for Human Rights
Journalists for Democracy - Sri Lanka
National Union of Journalists of Philippines
Ranking Digital Rights
Red en Defensa de los Derechos Digitales
Samir Kassir Foundation
World Movement for Democracy