Bar Association pays special attention on the police statement regarding fake news

Bar Association pays special attention on the police statement regarding fake news

12 June 2021 09:03 am

The Executive Committee of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) has stated that it is paying close attention to the content of the recent press release issued by the Sri Lanka Police.

Noting that they have no objection to the enforcement of the law on hate speech and violence, they point out that it is important to ensure that the authorities do not use these laws to suppress genuine protests and criticism.

They also point out that police officers can abuse the legal provisions in the statement to impede freedom of speech and expression, which are fundamental rights under the Constitution.

Accordingly, they emphasize that it is essential to protect the freedom of speech and expression of the people and the freedom to oppose and disagree.