Government insists no move to curtail freedom of speech

The Government today insisted that there is no move to curtail the freedom of speech.

Media Minister Dullas Alahapperuma, speaking to reporters today, said that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the Government are open to constructive criticism.

He said that the President and the Cabinet have at no point discussed the idea of imposing a ban on being critical against the Government.

The Minister also said that the Government has a responsibility to accept any claims made with concrete evidence.

Alahapperuma said that in a democracy it is important to protect freedom of speech.

Meanwhile, Energy Minister Udaya Gammanpila said that if someone shares something published on social media then it means that they are endorsing what has been published.

He said that clicking a ‘Like’ means they like what has been published.

The Minister noted that social media at times publishes false claims which could lead to the life of an individual being destroyed.

He said that this has become an issue globally. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. Nothing will work in Sri Lanka. Democracy won’t work, communism won’t work, and military ruling won’t work, because utter fools are in politics and media. Ministerial portfolios were given without a qualification. Likewise, fools also became media personnel without having a qualification. Fools have no idea what will work for their useless mindset, but trying bit of everything and hoping something will click :–)))

  2. “If they criticize a government, they should be positive” – Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekera, Minister of Public Defense.

    These are the fools in this Government!
    How can any citizen have faith in this type of faulty thinking that is destroying our beautiful country!??

    High time the citizenry ask this government to resign and let a competent government be elected to govern the country if they can’t/don’t know how to get the country back on track…

    Utter incompetent fools asked for 2/3 majority to give us this garbage!???

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