Apr 16, 2021

Penal Code to be amended to curb fake news Featured

The Penal Code is to be amended to curb the spread of fake news online, Public Security Minister Rear Admiral (Retd) Dr. Sarath Weerasekara has said.

Noting that fake news directly affects coexistence between communities, the minister has said it needs to be countered due to this.

However, these amendments will not be an obstruction for Freedom of Speech, he added.

He further added that these amendments would also impose punishments on those who spread comments on terrorism and extremism.