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Another Sri Lanka govt MP calls for social media regulation amid online backlash

“I think those who harm the country and destabilise the country have seized the opportunity,” he said.

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Sri Lanka govt mulls ways to control websites amid rising online activism

The minister said the govt is obligated to protect the rights of the people as much as it must ensure media freedom.

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Ban or regulate social media in Sri Lanka, top minister tells parliament

“In China, there is no social media. We’re not like that."

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Alleged Sirasa conspiracy: Sri Lanka media minister dismisses opposition claims

"I will not hesitate to take legal action against any media organisation that attempts to disturb the peace."

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Sri Lanka president, three other regional leaders in RSF "press freedom predators gallery"

Seventeen of the 37 leaders are making the list for the first time.

On fake news, popular dissent & opposition silence: In conversation with MP Dr Harini Amarasuriya

 “It’s really rich coming from a government that routinely uses fake news to for its own projects,” said Dr Amara...

Police could misuse "fake news" allegations to stifle free speech: Sri Lanka Bar Association

The BASL is apprehensive of the executive including the police being allowed to decide on what is or is not fake news

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Poorly worded legal provisions can be construed to cover "fake news": Sri Lanka lawyer

"Sri Lankan law has no reference to fake news"

Himal Kotelawala

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Sri Lankans posting information deemed 'false' on social media face arrest without warrant

Online falsehoods can also encourage people to violate COVID-19 quarantine regulations, police said.

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Sri Lanka police arrest govt official over alleged fake news on deforestation

Police found "various fake news" posts pertaining to deforestation, a statement said.

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New online laws will threaten Media freedom says FMM

The Free Media Movement (FMM) is calling on the Media Community to take concerted action to prevent the enactment of law...

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Sri Lanka cabinet nod for laws against "false propaganda" online

Sri Lanka’s cabinet of ministers has approved a proposal to draft legislation to combat false and misleading statement...

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15-17% of Sri Lanka's social media activists fake, S'pore-style laws on the way: Justice Minister

Some 15 to 17 percent of Sri Lanka’s social media activist accounts are fake, Justice Minister Ali Sabry said, reitera...

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Shakthika to sue for Rs 20 million in damages: lawyer

Sri Lankan fiction writer Shakthika Sakthumara, who was in pre-trial detention for months over a controversial short sto...

Imesh Ranasinghe

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FMM calls the Press Council flawed and wants it abolished not restructured

The Free Media Movement (FMM) is calling for the abolishing of the Press Council and has vehemently opposed the governme...

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Sri Lanka opposition MP claims web journalist abducted, assaulted and released

A Sri Lankan web journalist who had allegedly been abducted in a black van and then released with assault injuries was t...

Mahadiya Hamza

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If we Sri Lankans resolve minority issues ourselves the world will support us

If the government and opposition leaderships are united in their resolve to address the grievances of the ethnic and rel...

Dr. Jehan Perera - Executive Director National Peace Council

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FMM calls Myanmar coup a deathblow to democracy

Sri Lanka’s Free Media Movement (FMM) is strongly condemning the military coup in Myanmar calling it an “outrageous ...

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We will stand by Ranjan and fight for his rights - Sajith

The Opposition Samagi Jana Balavegaya holds a rally in Colombo to protect the right to freedom of speech

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UNP condemns President’s threat against Harin

“Many will regard this as an ominous sign of an on-coming authoritarian regime,” the United National Party observed ...

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SJB says Mannapperuma to replace Ranjan if he loses seat

Opposition lawyers say Ramanayake who was sentenced for contempt of court should be able to continue as an MP

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Imprisonment over contempt court charges legal but disproportionate: constitutional lawyer

Director, Edinburgh Centre for Constitutional Law, Dr Asanga Welikala tells EconomyNext that imprisonment over contempt ...

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SJB calls on Police chief to protect Harin Fernando

SJB Parliamentarian asks for protection after he says President Rajapaksa said he could be “killed like a dog.”

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More protests in Jaffna over removal of war memorial

University Grants Commission Chairman Snr Prof Sampath Amarathunge says the monument was not suitable for the Sri Lanka ...

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Jaffna tense as war memorial is destroyed

Authorities destroy memorial for war dead in University under cover of darkness, police ask protestors to disperse

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Stand up for the interwebs

The proposed regulatory mechanism may or may not become a reality, and the fears expressed about it may well be exaggera...

Himal Kotelawala

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