Samagi Jana Balawegaya Parliamentarian Manusha Nanayakkara says cases being heard over the deaths and harassment of journalists that reached their final stages, have stalled.
The MP requested the government to proceed with the cases expeditiously and to ensure justice is served.
MP Nanayakkara speaking during the Committee Stage Debate on Expenditure Heads belonging of the Ministry of Mass Media said 58 incidents of obstruction of media freedom have been reported this year alone.
The MP said indictments were served in the cases related to the murder of Lasantha Wickrematunge and the assault of Poddal Jayantha, yet progress has been halted.
He called for the truth to be revealed.
MP Nanayakkara added that new website registrations today require the approval of the Ministry of Defence and charged that state officials cannot express their views on social media with laws preventing them from doing so being formulated.
He questioned the purpose of media freedom and why free media is not being respected.
SJB MP Gayantha Karunathileke said a joint programme is required in order to regulate mass media and social media.
The MP joining the debate said owners of media institution, journalists, social activists, and the government must together formulate the regulations.
He said some content on YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook have been problematic to the government and society adding that this is a common occurrence across the world.
MP Karunathileke said some social media users share fake information or hate speech adding that social media has become a major concern.
The Parliamentarian also said Singapore has introduced laws to control the use of social media that are undemocratic, adding that Sri Lanka should follow the lead of countries Australia, and New Zealand and Europe.