Acceptable identity card issued by the government for journalists. Temporary identity cards are issued to foreign journalists subject to the period of their visa with the approval of the Ministry of External Affairs.
Department of Government Information
Department of Government Information (DGI) is a key establishment of the Ministry of Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media. The department assists media in a macro level in welfare, training, policy planning and accreditation, and providing easy access to Government news and information. On the other hand, DGI also play an important role catering to the Government with data analysis, information, audio visuals, and archives. The department plays a major role in formulation of the Right to Information Bill.
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The unit was entrusted with the task to produce documentary and news coverages on events with national importance. These documentaries were used for public education in different parts of the country. Production, editing, colour laboratory, sound unit and the film hall, and archives are some of the facilities the GFU has at its disposal.
The Film Archive is one of the valuable resources of the Department. All documentaries produced by the GFU are preserved by converting into DVDs. Scenes of these old films are provided to media institutions on a fee rated depending on the length of the negative. Providing films for external demonstration is another task of this unit.
Media coordination and organizing press conferences to increase public awareness on the governments’ development process is done by this section.
Facilitating journalists for media coverages including cabinet briefing, press conferences of various ministries and events participated by President are part of the coordination done by Publicity Unit.
වැදගත් අවස්ථාවන් සම්බන්ධයෙන් පුවත් හා විශේෂාංග ලිපි සම්පාදනය කිරිම ද සිදුකරයි.
Desathiya is one of the long standing news magazine published by DGI. Contributing editor of diverse fields provide influential and thought provoking articles to establish the national policy framework.
Providing relevant information to government by monitoring the use of print and electronic media is done by this Unit. Accordingly, this Unit monitors practices of Television and Radio Channels throughout the day. This Unit prepares daily and weekly reports on matters published in Sinhala Tamil and English Web sites that should be referred to the attention of the government.
Preparing a monthly book, which consists of speeches made by HE the President and books on overseas visits of the President is an additional duty of this Unit. Collecting speeches of all politicians and collecting information on opinions of government and opposition politicians regarding important day to day events is done through this Unit.
This unit collects data on development projects of various public institutions.
Undertaking researches and preparing reports on timely important day-to-day events and on topics specified by the Director General of Government Information is another task of this unit. Researches regarding media field are foremost among them.
The library was established with developed facilities in the Media Development Centre, which was earlier limited to a small collection of books. Furthermore, old photographs of the Department and films of the Government Film Unit are also available with this Library.
The unit was established in 1948. Thousands of negatives are preserved in the archives of the photography section regarding important events of all social, cultural and development fields. Providing photographs for media, for educational purposes and for various ministries and Departments is done by the photography Archives.
Official coverage of nationally important events and visits of overseas diplomats is done by the photography section.
During the colonial regime this unit was known as the ‘Government Record Office’. In 1950s it was maintained as an institution of Government Books and Papers. By the 1978 constitution the unit was renamed as ‘Government Publication Bureau’ and maintained up to now to provide public the access to state publications such as Acts and Bills, Government Gazette, Parliamentary debates, Sri Lanka Law Reports and the Constitution of Sri Lanka are the tasks of this Department.