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Sri Lanka’s Fake News Circular: The laws mentioned could be misused by police to stifle the freedom of expression rights – BASL

The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) has expressed deep concern regarding the government’s decision to regulate fake news on social media.

Issuing a statement on Friday (11) in response to the media release issued by the Sri Lanka Police titled “circulation of fake news, photographs, videos causing disunity, hate and obstructing the Covid-19 programme,” the BASL said that the provisions of the laws mentioned in the circular could be misused by police officers in order to stifle the freedom of speech and expression.

The statement in full:

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