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Sunday September 19th, 2021
Free Speech

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...

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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"

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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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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."

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.

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

6 min read

Opinion: Political pressure to revise 20th amendment remains alive

With some government Parliamentarians finding the courage to oppose the 20th Amendment to the Constitution alongside opp...

Dr. Jehan Perera - Executive Director National Peace Council

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FMM demands action after two more journalists probing deforestation are assaulted

Media activists are condemning physical assaults on reporters who have investigated alleged illegal deforestation after ...

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Two more petitions to be filed against 20A by CPA and SJB

The Main Opposition Samagi Jana Balavegaya (SJB) and the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) are to file Fundamental Ri...

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Sri Lanka’s Media freedom will be threatened by proposed 20th Amendment - FMM

The Free Media Movement (FMM) is expressing deep concern about the impending threat to the freedom of expression by the ...

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SJB Parliamentary Group resolves to fight the proposed 20th Amendment

The main opposition Samagi Jana Balavegaya says its Parliamentary Group resolved unanimously to fight the proposed 20th ...

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Media Freedom organisations hope editor’s arrest will not restrict reporting on courts

Media watchdog organisations are expressing the hope that the arrest of the Editor of the website, will...

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Gotabaya Rajapaksa has been strengthened and now he has to deal with multiple crises

The result of the election has shown that the people have heeded President Rajapaksa’s call and strengthened his hand ...

Arjuna Ranawana

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Opinion: An All Women Party mooted to break into male-dominated politics

Though it is eighty-nine years since the first Sri Lankan woman, Adeline Molamure entered the State Legislature, then kn...

Kshama Ranawana

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Contrived legal ‘Authoritarianism’ another new virus with a global reach - Opinion

A two-thirds majority will give the ruling party a monopoly on power. It will serve another more salutary purpose. It wi...

Sarath de Alwis

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Magistrate orders probe as to whether journalist's computer had been tampered with

Colombo’s Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne yesterday June 16 ordered the Government Analyst to examine a laptop belong...

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Philippine journalist Maria Ressa has been found guilty of libel

High-profile Philippine journalist Maria Ressa has been found guilty of libel in the Philippines' in a case seen as a te...

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