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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...

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...

Fake News: Sri Lanka police to arrest Social Media practitioners without a warrant

COLOMBO (News 1st); Sri Lanka Police has requested the general public to refrain from promoting false information on social media individually or in an...

Sri Lanka: Tamil MP requests EC to investigate false news reports

In Sri Lanka, a Tamil MP has requested the Election Commission and the Inspector General of police to investigate into a news report published...

Sri Lanka: TNA MP Sumanthiran seeks criminal probe against pro Gota Aruna, Mawbima & Ceylon Today

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian M.A Sumanthiran has sought a criminal investigation against fake news published in three local newspapers. In a letter to the...

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...

False allegations against a Muslim Doctor: CID’s damning report sends shockwaves

Image: Dr. Seigu Siyabdeen Mohammed Shafi . By The Sunday Morning News Desk. Severe shortcomings and irregularities including the submission of fabricated and falsified facts by high-level...

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...

Globalization, Social media and the Easter Sunday attack. What could go wrong? – Shivani De Zylva

Social media has revolutionized society. With creative and improved means of communication, live updates become freely accessible, news is as close to you as...

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...

On the importance of countering false political narratives – Kishali Pinto Jayawardena

In the wake of Sri Lanka’s Easter Sunday attacks, we have one (Muslim) Minister confessing to calling the Army Commander to ‘inquire into’ the...

Sri Lanka Media Minister slams disinformation campaign on alleged assassination plot to kill president

Image: The Island  report  according to Minster Samaraweera is a complete lie. 28 Sep 2018. Minister says CID never made submissions in court that plot had...

Sri Lanka: President orders IGP to probe ‘fake’ news

Image: It was state controlled Sinhala daily that carried the news. President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday directed Inspector General of Police Pujitha Jayasundara to conduct an...

Open letter to Facebook: Implement Your Own Community Standards

Image: "Army" of Zuckerberg cutouts fills Capitol lawn ahead of hearing (tweeter photo) April 10th 2018, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is issuing...

Fake news & Media control: The tragedy of an irony – A.S. Panneerselvan

Two related developments indicating a need to control the media show that the trust factor in the government is vitiated. It was an irony that...

Sri Lanka Govt. to set up new institution to monitor social media: Digital Minister

The government is discussing setting up an institution to monitor social media usage, Minister of Digital Infrastructure Technology Harin Fernando said yesterday. He said this...

Freedom of Expression Monitors Issue Joint Declaration on ‘Fake News’, Disinformation and Propaganda

Geneva/Vienna (3 March 2017) – Leading monitors of freedom of expression around the world have come together to issue a Joint Declaration on freedom...

From Headline to Photograph, a Fake News Masterpiece

Image:Cameron Harris in his home office in Annapolis, Md., on Monday. He created a fake story about an electrical worker who stumbled upon stacked...
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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

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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...