Sri Lanka proposing new law on fake news

6 Jun 2019

As a follow up to the Easter suicide attacks, Sri Lanka is now amending its Penal Code to include spreading fake news and hate speech on social media. The sentence will carry five years of imprisonment and a fine of 1 million rupees (USD 5,715). This is in addition to the last month’s regulations on combating fake news and giving the authorities the right to remove hateful content.

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