Curbing fake news across all media: Draft law before Cabinet tomorrow  

  • No impact on free speech/expression, if facts straight: Keheliya 

  • Justice Min. Comm. to streamline digital media, control social media mudslinging 



The respective cabinet paper will be submitted by Cabinet Spokesman and Mass Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella. 

Speaking to The Sunday Morning on Friday (16), Rambukwella said that he had not had a look at the final draft of the cabinet paper which is to be submitted tomorrow. 

However, he assured that the proposed legislation would not have any effect on the freedom of speech or expression. “As long as the facts are correct, the freedom is there,” he added. 

When queried about the content of the proposed legislation, the Minister stressed that it would cover all sectors including electronic, print, and social media. 

Meanwhile, cabinet approval had been granted in January to amend the Sri Lanka Press Council Law to cover electronic and new media. 

The Cabinet also approved a proposal to amend the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC) Act No. 6 of 1982. 

Furthermore, The Sunday Morning learnt that a separate committee appointed under the purview of Justice Minister Ali Sabry is working on preparing laws to streamline digital media and to control social media-based mudslinging.