Strict action against those criticise state officials on social media

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Acting IGP C.D. Wickramarathna instructed CID and all the Police OIC's to take legal action against those who publish posts on social media criticising government officials and obstructing their duties.

Police said officials and the workers of the state sector are working hard to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in the country.

However, it was reported that several individuals have published several posts and videos in social media critisising and obstructing government officials’ duties while highlighting minor shortcomings.

The Acting IGP instructed the DIG of the Criminal Investigation Department and all the Police OICs to arrest such individuals and to be produced them in courts.(DSB)

  Comments - 16

  • Raja Wednesday, 01 April 2020 03:44 PM

    some politician in North keep criticizing the state , take action against them

    Umagiliya Wednesday, 01 April 2020 07:36 PM

    You sound like the IDIOTIC Raja's of the South who seem to not get that criticism is better than TERRORISM?

    jayasuriya karunaratne Wednesday, 01 April 2020 08:40 PM

    People should be able to express their views without any restrictions according to the country's constitution. That is a fundamental right. Although it looks like we live in military state the ruling regime has not been given such powers.

    Shihara Ferdinando Wednesday, 01 April 2020 10:04 PM

    People have the freedom of speech to criticize whoever they wish at any given time , and it is not up to any government unless by an amendment to the Article 14 to restrict this right !

    Speech Wednesday, 01 April 2020 10:41 PM

    There is a very big difference in criticism and threatening. This is a democratic country and everyone has the freedom of speech.

    Buddhist Wednesday, 01 April 2020 07:08 PM

    Blocking a Govt servant is wrong, but if the Govt appointment of a person is wrong, then it cannot be wrong to write about it. Under Emergency freedom of speech is not a crime.

    Ruwan Fernando Wednesday, 01 April 2020 07:34 PM

    Since when did criticizing a government official become a crime? Is the idea of freedom of speech no longer applicable in Sri Lanka?

    Gamini Wednesday, 01 April 2020 07:58 PM

    Constructive criticism is always counterproductive and ought to be allowed. A feedback is essential for improvement. It is up to the viewer to accept, reject or do more queries on it. Obstructing duties is a crime. Accept this is a critical moment. Yet is there an emergency in effect?

    Warren Raed Wednesday, 01 April 2020 07:59 PM

    Everything is mere words only. No action in the end.

    Amal Wednesday, 01 April 2020 09:11 PM

    This is a good move as FB has become a nuisance as many use it to sling mud at people in this country

    Wesley G Wednesday, 01 April 2020 09:42 PM

    99.9% silent majority ,highly appreciate your dedicated services,so don't waist your time for other 0.1%

    Simple Citizen Wednesday, 01 April 2020 10:13 PM

    If you can't take criticism, resign, and lets have a more competent person doing your job. Sri Lanka can't afford to have jackasses covering their asses by subverting the authority entrusted to them.

    Jehan Wednesday, 01 April 2020 10:57 PM

    China ccp has come

    Era Thursday, 02 April 2020 07:01 AM

    People will give SLPP a fitting reply at elections as they did in 1977, also in 1971 by elections. No one can silence peoples voice.

    K.L Pathiran Thursday, 02 April 2020 07:45 AM

    Article reads, "Individuals have published several posts and videos in social media criticizing and obstructing government officials’ duties while highlighting minor shortcomings". USE THOSE VIDEOS AND HIGHLIGHTED SHORTCOMINGS TO EDUCATE THE GOV'T WORKERS SO THEY CAN CORRECT WHAT WAS A FAILURE, LEAVING NO ROOM FOR FURTHER CRITICISM INSTEAD TRY TO ARREST THOSE WHO POINT OUT THE SHORTCOMINGS. Do these people have any brains at all ?

    Pissu Simon Thursday, 02 April 2020 03:14 PM

    There is no point in taking action against individuals expressing their honest opinion when governments around the world are too afraid to criticise the culprit that caused all this pain in the first place.


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