Correspondents attend workshop

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A special workshop on parliamentary procedure was held on Tuesday (28) for affiliated parliamentary correspondents.

The workshop was conducted with the aim of building a stronger relationship between Parliament, the Media, and the public, and was attended by all affiliated parliamentary correspondents.

Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardana presided over the workshop, which commenced at 8:30 a.m.

Speaking to parliamentary correspondents, the Speaker said they have a huge responsibility to disseminate accurate information when reporting parliamentary matters, as it is the supreme legislative body.

Secretary-General of Parliament Dhammika Dasanayake elaborated regarding the mechanism of strengthening the relationship between Parliament, the Media, and the public to strengthen democracy.

Chief of Staff and Deputy Secretary-General of Parliament Kushani Rohanadheera also spoke on the Parliament Secretariat, Parliament Standing Orders, and Parliamentary Privileges.

Tikiri K. Jayathilake, Assistant Secretary-General elaborated on the committee system of Parliament and Janakantha Silva, Director Legislative Services and Director Communication (Acting) elaborated on the legislative process and the peculiarities of the usage of language pertaining to matters related to Parliament.

Mahesh Perera, Director, Information Systems and Management, explained the use of the digital space available in Parliament. Furthermore, Serjeant-at-Arms Narendra Fernando explained matters important to journalists in dealing with the Department of the Serjeant-at-Arms.

The concerns faced by journalists in carrying out parliamentary reporting and possible solutions were also discussed.

Lalith Adhikari, Coordinating Engineer was also present at this workshop.

The workshop was organised by the Secretariat of Parliament and was sponsored by the National Democratic Institute (NDI).