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India should act strictly on fishermen poaching, bottom trawling in Sri Lankan sea: Minister

Northern fishermen have chosen Chinese assisted sea cucumber farming after their livelihood hit by bottom trawling

June 11, 2024 3 min read

US remains concerned over Sri Lanka's online law but encouraged by amendment process

"The digital economy is seen by everybody as a means to continue building Sri Lanka's economic future."

February 19, 2024 4 min read

Sri Lanka's broadcast authority bill to be presented to parliament soon

The state minister insisted that there would be "no hindrance to the media in this regard".

February 14, 2024 2 min read

Sri Lanka cabinet nod for draft amendment bill for Online Safety Act

The legal draftsman has been directed to put together the draft amendment bill in this light, a statement said.

February 13, 2024 2 min read
Sections of Sri Lanka's Online Safety Act appear non-compliant with court order: HRCSL

"Full compliance with the Court's Determination on a Bill is crucial to guaranteeing the fundamental rights."

Enactment process of Sri Lanka's online safety act raises questions on law-making: CPA

CPA urged the government to replace the act with a law that "genuinely addresses" concerns on online safety.

Sri Lanka parliament votes to go ahead with Online Safety bill amid opposition

The debate is currently under way.

January 23, 2024 2 min read

Sri Lanka to introduce new legislation for censorship-free film industry, arts

“We must remove the word censorship from artistic endeavours."

November 15, 2023 2 min read

Committee-stage amendments to Sri Lanka's 'Online Safety Bill': CPA concerned

The proposed amendments could drastically change the initially gazetted bill, the CPA said.

November 7, 2023 11 min read

Sri Lanka's 'Online Safety Bill' can be passed with simple majority subject to 31 amendments

The bill was challenged in the Supreme Court in terms of Section 121(1) of the constitution.

November 7, 2023 2 min read

Sri Lanka government stubbornly push for controversial online safety bill despite concerns

At least 18 petitions have been filed against the bill in the Supreme Court.

October 16, 2023 3 min read

Sri Lanka's CPA challenges controversial Online Safety bill

The petition argues that the bill as a whole violates several articles of the constitution.

October 12, 2023 2 min read

After protests, Sri Lanka Minister agrees to consult controversial Online Safety Bill

Many have raised concerns over the OSB due to lack of independent oversight panel, grey area

October 6, 2023 2 min read

Sri Lanka's CPA urges govt to withdraw controversial 'Online Safety' bill

The organisation also questioned the timing of the bill.

October 4, 2023 3 min read

Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission questions timing of online safety bill

"Institutional capacity for interpreting and applying existing laws in good faith should precede any new legislation."

October 2, 2023 3 min read

Sri Lanka's 'online truth' law can be revised, President tells Facebook

A planned 'Online Safety' Law can be further amended or challenged in the Supreme Court Wickremesinghe told Meta

Nethmi Rajawasam
September 20, 2023 2 min read
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Sri Lanka ‘online truth’ law draconian overreach: Harsha

Likely to drive away tech investments.

Nethmi Rajawasam
September 20, 2023 2 min read

Lohia: General aims, Immediacy and Heretical Gandhism

Long-time Gandhi Acolyte Finds Gandhian Socialism the Only ’True’ Socialism.

August 18, 2023 18 min read

Nehru: The Advaita of Nonviolent Revolution

Gandhi’s secular collaborator sees transformational energy in age-old hindu metaphysics

Mark Hager
July 11, 2023 26 min read

Indian Marxists school on Gandhi

Disillusioned With Communism, Asoka Mehta and Narendra Deva Converge on Gandhian Socialism

Mark Hager
June 19, 2023 22 min read

Sri Lanka govt, opp. disagree over licence renewal under new broadcast commission

“Media regulation is necessary. But this draft provides for an annual licence issuance."

Himal Kotelawala
June 13, 2023 3 min read

Proposed Sri Lanka broadcast authority: opposition mulling legal action

“If we allow this bill to be enacted, it will be the death of media freedom,” he said.

Himal Kotelawala
June 5, 2023 3 min read

Sri Lanka standup comedian arrest stifles free speech: CPA

In August 2022, the Human Rights Watch called for amendments to the ICCPR Act.

June 1, 2023 3 min read

Sri Lanka opposition slams purported licence-cancelling broadcast authority

“What we can see is that this violates several fundamental rights, so we strongly oppose this bill," he said.

Himal Kotelawala
May 31, 2023 3 min read

Sri Lanka hits back Canadian PM Trudeau for "Tamil Genocide" comment

Sri Lankan Army is accused of war crimes in the final phase of 26-year war

May 20, 2023 3 min read

Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna wants president to reconsider anti-terror bill

The MP claimed that not even Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe appeared to have confidence in the bill.

Himal Kotelawala
April 11, 2023 2 min read
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