Laws to be amended to deal with hate speech, false news

Existing laws will be amended in order to take tough action against hate speech and spreading false news.

Cabinet has approved a proposal to revise the Penal Code and Criminal Procedure Code to take legal action against distributing false news.

The law, once implemented, will impose a fine of not more than 1 million or imprisonment for not more than 5 years or both if guilty for such an offence.

Cabinet also approved a proposal to revise the Penal Code and Criminal Procedure Code to take legal action against hate speech.

Accordingly, once implemented a fine will be imposed or the accused will be imprisoned if guilty. (Colombo Gazette)

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