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Sunday September 19th, 2021
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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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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

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 lankanewsweb.org 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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Civil Society organisations say the COVID 19 crisis should not be an excuse for militarization

Civil Society organisations are expressing grave concern regarding the establishment of a spate of Presidential Task For...

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Mangala steps away from Parliament, where will he go now?

In Sri Lankan political terms Mangala Samaraweera has done the unthinkable. After being a major player in the break- up ...

Arjuna Ranawana

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Police actions against peaceful protestors in Colombo condemned

There is a chorus of condemnation of the way Police yesterday broke up and arrested activists protesting against racial ...

Arjuna Ranawana

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Opposition charges the government wants to set up surveillance systems to threaten critics

The opposition is accusing the government of collecting personal data that can be used to threaten or intimidate citizen...

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CPA – Presidential Task Forces “demonstrates to troubling trends of authoritarian rule and milit...

The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is expressing deep concern about the two Presidential Task Forces established t...

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President appoints military-led task force to create a "disciplined, lawful society"

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has appointed a Task Force entrusted with creating “a virtuous, disciplined and lawful so...

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Harassment of journalist in Atalugama: Free Media Movement calls for justice

The widely reported harassment faced by journalist Bimal Shyaman in Atalugama recently was a serious violation of media ...

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Shakthika's detention is in contravention of Sri Lanka's human rights obligations: UN body

The Government of Sri Lanka is in contravention of its international human rights obligations for the four month pre-tri...

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Karu: “Sri Lanka only democracy to face the COVID crisis without a legislature”

Former Speaker Karu Jayasuriya is warning the government that creating a constitutional crisis at this time would danger...

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Eran: Government trying to suppress criticism

Former MP Eran Wickramaratne is saying that the government has started suppressing criticism about the shortcomings in t...

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