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)