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Sri Lanka : Poorly worded legal provisions can be construed to cover “fake news”

Image courtesy of www.coe.int. Broadly and poorly worded provisions in Sri Lanka’s Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) and Computer Crimes Act can be construed in...

The arrest of Chamila Jayasinghe of SLAS is a suppression of freedom of expression – Free Media Movement

The Free Media Movement sees the arrest of Chamila Indika Jayasinghe of the Sri Lanka Administrative Service, (SLAS) who has been summoned before the...

An attempt to cover up epidemic information in Sri Lanka: Warning letter issued by the Health Secretary – FMM

Warning letter issued by the Secretary of Health to all health departments and officials The Secretary to the Ministry of Health has issued a warning...

Sri Lanka: Health Secretary Major General S. H. Munasinghe imposes a Covid news censorship

Image: Posting this image the president of the Association of Government Medical Laboratory Technologists, Ravi Kumudesh, says that "The pandemic is spreading fast. Travel...

Sri Lanka Ministry of Defence starts controlling Islamic thought – Dr. Ameer Ali

“Please be informed”, says a notice from the Deputy Director of Customs, “that from today (05.03.2021) onwards, any Islamic religious books brought into the...

Space for dissent shrinking domestically in Sri Lanka and UNHRC needs to take a more robust approach – Joint statement at HRC 44

"Considering growing concerns over shrinking space for dissent domestically, the Council remains effectively the only forum where Sri Lankan civil society has the possibility...

Sri Lanka blocks Sankathi24 Tamil news website as press crackdown continues

The Sri Lankan government has blocked access to renowned Tamil news website Sankathi24.com, as the state continued with its tightening of the Tamil press. The...

Ramzy Razeek: An extraordinary struggle for an ordinary life of service upended by an arrest – Z.L. Mohamed

Ramzy Razik was arrested on April 9, 2020 at his home off Katugasota in Kandy by the CID. The next day, he was produced...

Sri Lanka: The truth about the arrest and detention of Ramzy Razeek

Damith Chandimal and Ruki Fernando. On 2nd April, Ramzy Razeek wrote a post on his Facebook wall about the need for ideological jihad or ideological struggle...

Death of whistleblower ignites calls for political reform in China

(AFP•February 9, 2020) The death of a whistleblowing doctor who was reprimanded for warning about the new coronavirus has sparked rare calls for political...

Sri Lanka: Uphold country’s reputation, President tells media houses

Image: A journalist attached to the Lankadeepa newspaper and his family were attacked by a group of men. Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Thursday...

Sri Lanka: Former Lake House new media editor attacked!

Former Editor of the Digital and New Media Unit of the Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd. (Lake House) and founder of popular social media...

Sri Lanka: FMM expresses its concerns over journalists being questioned

Image: Thushara Vitharana, a journalist of Voice Tube were summoned by police for interrogation . 2019-11-29/ ...

14 strong police team search Newshub.lk newsroom in an attempt to intimidate them.

Image: This is a media suppression - Danushka Ramanayake. A Police team from the Mirihana Police searched the newsroom of Newshub.lk this morning, investigating a complaint...

Sri Lankan presidential candidates asked to guarantee editorial independence – RSF

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on Sri Lanka’s presidential candidates to give firm pledges to respect press freedom after a media owner threatened and...

Sri Lanka election head withdraws TV censorship after criticism

Image: EC Mahinda Deshapriya. Sri Lanka's election commission chief on Sunday backed down from plans to censor a state-owned TV station following criticism that his...

Sri Lanka: Election Commission in crisis over ITN censorship

Election Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya yesterday banned state-owned ITN from telecasting any politically-oriented program after accusing it of broadcasting an interview which he said...

Playwright Dewapriya released after recording long statement

Playwright Malaka Devapriya, who was summoned to the Organised Crimes Prevention Division (OCPD) of the Police this morning over a radio drama he had...

The Problem With Sri Lanka’s New ‘False News’ Law

By Rehab Mahamoor/August 07, 2019. Sri Lanka is no stranger to arbitrary laws that are prone to misuse. For the past 40 years, it has had the...

Misuse of ICCPR act in Sri Lanka in suppressing freedom of expression rights.

Image; Shakthika Sathkumara When protective laws turn offensive -Tharumalee Silva. Even though we cannot declare Ardha a successful short story, Sathkumara’s arrest threatens writers and artists’...

FMM is concerned that proposed law revision relating to fake news & hate speech could threaten freedom of expression

In a letter to the Minister of Justice and Prison Reforms, the Free Media Movement has expressed its concern that the given current context...

New fake news/hate speech laws: Are they really necessary? – Himal Kotelawala

(republicnext) Earlier this week, the Government announced fresh moves to curtail the spread of fake news. The Cabinet of Ministers on Wednesday (5) approved...

Sri Lanka govt to bring new laws to curb fake news & hate speech that jeopardize national harmony & national security

Cabinet approval has been granted to amend the Penal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code to take action against false news distribution, extremist statements...

Singaporean-style draconian law proposed to rein in media in Sri Lanka.

Speaking at a journalism training workshop in Matale on 23rd May Chairman of Sri Lanka Press Council (SLPC) Attorney-at-law Koggala Wellala Bandula  has said...

Sri Lanka clashes kill one; imposes nationwide curfew after mosques attacked

Alexandra Ulmer, Omar Rajarathnam  KINIYAMA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - One person was killed in Sri Lanka on Monday as police fired tear gas at mobs attacking...

Sri Lanka: Military warns the general public of propagating misinformation & hate

Any individuals, groups or organizations involved publishing false news, information, images, interviews or any other form of publications that could provoke communal/racial tensions, public...

Sri Lanka MoD warns against circulating false information via social media

Issuing a press release National Media Centre of the Ministry of Defence warns that action will be taken against persons involved in circulating false information...

Sri Lanka: Arrest of novelist Shasthika under ICCPR is abuse an abuse of the act.

Image: Shakthika Sathkumara Annya Wipulasena. When post-modernist, award winning novelist Shakthika Sathkumara walked into the Polgahawela Police Station on 1st April morning along with his lawyer and...

Internationally acclaimed film removed from Jaffna Film Festival – IFJ

Image: Scene form "Demons of Paradise". Screening of internationally acclaimed film by director Jude Ratnam ‘Demons in Paradise’ was canceled by the organizers of the...

‘Demons in Paradise’ removal from Jaffna film festival: Devapriya removes film “The Undecided” in protest

Malaka Devapriya, a young, budding film producer, has taken a decision to withdraw his film 'Bahuchithawadiya' from the International Cinema Festival in Jaffna as...
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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...
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Sri Lanka: Pandemic-related Domestic Violence; Victims don’t often get the desired help

Image courtesy of Inter Press Service. Puyumi Fornseka. During the first five months of this year, more than 1,200 women dialed the 24-hour hotline: 1938 seeking...

Sri Lanka collective appeal : Protect Freedom of Expression and Vulnerable groups in dealing with the Pandemic

Issuing a statement a collective of 54 groups and 72 individuals say that "A rights-based approach to deal with the pandemic is essential and...

Sri Lanka: Instead of repealing the PTA the scope of the Act was broadened – Helena Dalli, EU Equality Commissioner

The European Union enjoys and values the broad and multifaceted relationship it has developed with Sri Lanka over the past decades. The European Union’s...