Govt to amend laws on fake news

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The Cabinet has given approval to amend the Penal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code to take action against false news distribution and hatred statements.

Accordingly, the approval has been granted to fine more than 1 million rupees or an imprisonment not more than 5 years or impose both punishments with respect to a guilty for false news and hatred statements.

The proposal was presented by Minister of Public Administration, Disaster Management, and Rural Economic Affairs Ranjith Maddumabandara in his capacity as the Acting Minister of Justice and Prison Reforms.