Sri Lanka readies laws to curb hate speech, false news

Muslims arrive at a mosque for prayers as others play soccer in a field in Kattankudy, Sri Lanka. (Reuters)

Sri Lanka’s government will introduce laws to curb hate speech and false news that threaten ethnic reconciliation and national security, in the aftermath of Easter bombings that killed more than 250 people.

According to a government statement, those found guilty of distributing false news would face five years in prison and a million rupee ($5,670) fine.

The government says a penalty for hate speech will be announced later after Parliament approves amendments to the penal code.

Local militants tied to ISIS claimed the Easter Sunday suicide attacks on churches and hotels. Since then, minority Muslims have seen their shops and homes burned and faced harassment in public places, spread by hate comments.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:53 - GMT 06:53