Welcome to NSMR

The National Secretariat for Media Reforms (NSMR), came into being following an assessment of the media industry and professionalism in Sri Lanka in 2015.

A registered non-profit organization, NSMR’s mandate and mission is to address issues involving Information, Communication and Media Development and Democracy, both at national and local levels in the country.

Its main focus is to facilitate the development of Information Policy, Communication Policy, Media Policy, the Media, information and cyber Literacy by monitoring Sri Lankan society and bringing emerging issues to the attention of policy makers, the media, communication and information practitioners’ and citizens, for action.

NSMR’s secondary role is to facilitate the development of Freedom of Expression, Pluralism and Diversity of Information, Communication, Media and Accountability.

Contact us: secretariat@nsmr.org

Our History

NSMR was established in March 2015, as a virtual group in collaboration with the Ministry of Mass Media, Department of Mass Media, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka Press Institute and the Strategic Alliance for Research and Development to assess the media industry and professionalism in Sri Lanka. As a result of that study, the need arose for an independent body which could prepare the environment to facilitate and advocate for the implementation of recommendations therein. Accordingly, NSMR was registered and set-up as a non-profit organization.

Vision, Mission & Goals


“A media, Communication and Information landscape which corroborates Freedom of Expression with Editorial Independence, a Pluralistic outlook, Diversity, Openness and Accountability which will strengthen the democratic course of action in Sri Lanka”.

Mission Statement

“To campaign and facilitate for the restructuring of the information, communication and media landscape in Sri Lanka to ensure its development and to nurture an informed, reflective, critical and engaged citizenry that is essential for an active democratic society”.


To prepare an environment where, in a democratic society, information, communication and media can perform the role entrusted to it more effectively and productively.

Future of NSMR - Strategic Planning


NSMR is supported by the voluntary contributions of many people, including Working Groups, Committees and Task Forces and at grass-roots level networks. NSMR’s members promote and defend the interests of the media industry and right to communication and right to information, media researchers, media watch dogs and activists in terms of freedom of expression, professionalism, pluralism, diversity, accountability in the media, communication and information landscape.

Structure and Organization

A General Assembly and an Executive Committee (Board of Directors) make up the governing body of NSMR. The General Assembly takes place once a year and is the main decision-making body. The mandate of the General Assembly is to review, monitor and assess the implementation of decisions and program matters, administration and budgeting.

The Executive Committee is elected at the General Assembly for a three-year term. The Executive Committee is responsible for all the activities of the Secretariat, including its administration and provides oversight and leadership to NSMR. The general members and Executive Committee are organized into various sections and working groups.

Management Structure