Definitions of a ‘journalist’ are wide-ranging

Definitions of a ‘journalist’ are wide-ranging

The Press Complaints Commission of Sri Lanka (PCCSL)  prefers this working definition – ‘Those who, within ethical norms, and as a profession, write articles or create content for publication/transmission, answering the questions ‘why’, ‘what’, ‘who’, ‘when’, ‘where’ and ‘how’ in order to inform, educate or entertain , are ‘journalists’. Thus an occasional blogger who puts

The Press Complaints Commission of Sri Lanka (PCCSL)  prefers this working definition – ‘Those who, within ethical norms, and as a profession, write articles or create content for publication/transmission, answering the questions ‘why’, ‘what’, ‘who’, ‘when’, ‘where’ and ‘how’ in order to inform, educate or entertain , are ‘journalists’.

Thus an occasional blogger who puts up his/her thoughts on the web may not qualify as a ‘journalist’. Carrying a government accreditation press card is a sign that says the holder is a ‘journalist’.

According to the Free Media Movement (FMM), “anyone who as a profession engages in gathering, editing and dissemination of information, individually or organizationally, in an impartial, accurate and professional manner, is a journalist. This includes bloggers and citizens who create, edit or otherwise disseminate content on the Internet and web dealing with sociological-political and cultural critiques, including content on governance, democracy and fundamental rights. This understanding of and approach to traditional and new forms of journalism is the norm in democratic societies today, based on media freedom and the freedom of expression.”

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