25 September, 2020

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Petition Against Ban Of 5 News Sites Rejected

By PTI –

The Sri Lankan Supreme Court has ruled that freedom of expression was not an absolute right and could be restricted.

The ruling came as it refused a petition filed by the media watchdog — Free Media Movement — against the government decision to ban five news websites. The court refused to allow the case to proceed.

The government had last year banned five websites — Lankawaynews, Sri Lanka Guardian, Sri Lanka Mirror, TamilNet and Lanka-e-news — for failing to register with the government.

The watchdog had approached the Court saying the blockade breached people’s right to information and freedom of expression.

The Court’s ruling however held that freedom of expression was not an absolute right, could be restricted and also that registering was needed to safeguard people from being vilified, defamed among others as people needed to know who was behind the websites in order to seek remedies.

Last year’s regulation was followed by another order which required mobile phone service companies to obtain prior approval of news stories with regard to national security.

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    Well this was expected.With all powers vested in the All Mighty and with the three forces in his command what else can you expect?

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    Going to SL courts is useless as it now has become the worse place on earth. Further it suggests so when looking at every ruling that gone in favour of kingdom in return they meets with unbelievable rewards. The SL judiciary has no spine just gone down to the level of lickers.

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    shame,shame,shame on you supreme court c.j…..you [Edited out] for mr regime……this karma will haunt you n your husband….mr cannot save you….verry soon doomsday is near for all the injustice you have done……

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