Jun 21, 2017

Self-regulation for internet service providers Featured

The government is considering introducing self-regulation for internet service providers, say government sources.

That will be based on a report submitted by the Media Ministry.

Those guidelines are in line with clause 14 of paragraph 3 of the constitution that relates to the freedom of expression and also consistent with clauses 19 and 20 of the UN charter on civil and political rights that has been endorsed by Sri Lanka.

They include – refraining from reporting that highlight communal, racial or religious hatred, and reporting that lead to divisions, differences or disunity between the communities, races and religions.

Reporting that harm the Sri Lankan state’s existence and stability or cause it to wage war, and reporting that harm the good name and conduct of the head of state, as well as reporting with malicious or abusive intentions of persons are also to be desisted.

Reporting has been described as news independently generated or quoted from another source.