Freedom of expression should not be used harm social values, Sri Lanka telecommunication regulator warns

Sri Lanka’s electronic communication regulator, Telecommunications Regulatory Commission yesterday (Nov 18) warned against abusing the Freedom of expression to harm social values through modes of telecommunication.

In a newspaper advertisement, the TRC said right to expression should not be used to insult, slander, promote hatred or to commit character assassinations by using modes of telecommunication such as social media. Telephone, short messages etc.

“Freedom of expression is a fundamental right; however, it should be used in a manner that does not harm social values,” it said.

The TRC warned that any individual using telecommunication to harm or cause distress to a person, by sending obscene, defamatory, slanderous, derogatory or repulsive messages is guilty of a criminal act and such a person can be charged, and upon conviction, could be fined or imprisoned or both in terms of Sri Lanka Telecommunication Act No: 25 of 1991.

“It is the responsibility of every citizen to enjoy freedom of expression while upholding the values of responsible communication,” the advertisement said.


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