Is it okay to regulate social media? PM

2017-07-23 23:51:57

Time had come for the legal sector and the Government to think whether it was possible to regulate social media such as Facebook, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Saturday.

The Prime Minister came up with this statement at the 28th Law Asia Conference in Colombo over the weekend.

“Modern technology society has changed the issues which the legal sector in particular is facing. For example consider the internet, Facebook. If you regulate Face Book and the internet is it a violation of Fundamental Rights?

“Many foreign governments are tackling it especially in the social sector and child welfare. These are the issues which we have to tackle. These are new issues which we have not even thought of,” he said.

The Premier said there were three areas which the Government and the law experts would have to discuss.

“First is the ease of doing business, the Ministry of National Policies and International Trade and Ministry of Finance coming up with a plan for it and we will send it across to you and you place your views, you know the problems. It is the same with the trade reforms. Then we need to focus on off shore financial city," he added.

"How are we going to be creative? We are going to talk with China Harbour and with a Reserve Bank of India. That matter needs consultation with both from the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) and the bench. You cannot bring about changes in a controversy but in a consensus background. Let’s start working on this. What are the commonalities with principals and changes which economic and legal sectors should work together? We are willing to work with you," he told the members of BASL and Law Asia.

“We are hoping for free trade agreements with India, China and Singapore and with other Asian countries which means in no way that will take domestic industries a risk. In the next ten to 15 years we have to become competitive. Now the modernisation will have to take place and we are concentrating on trade agreement with India and we must work with the five Southern states," the premier stated.

"We have a combined GDP of $ 600 billion, if we work together getting a trillion dollar GDP for the five states and us it will be possible. We should think out of the box. Now within it, we need new laws, we have to draft the laws, we have to talk to the BASL on new systems” he added. .

“What Sri Lanka wants to become is the hub of the Indian Ocean, to become hub of logistics and communication. This requires modernisation,” he added.

He said the foreign exchange Bill would be debated in Parliament this week. (Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 17

  • cheers Monday, 24 July 2017 08:37

    Hes is highly worried as the social media will send him home and also got caught robbing central bank shame man

    Reply : 16       75

    AliG Monday, 24 July 2017 18:05

    Just like social media helped a dickhead like trump to win.

    Reply : 6       3

    Lord Wolfstein Monday, 24 July 2017 09:19

    As an example, if Facebook does not remove hate comments against communities or individuals within 24 hours Facebook in the EU has to pay penalties of millions of euros

    Reply : 8       17

    Royce Monday, 24 July 2017 10:58

    THen what happens to Hitan' Media Freedom ?? All lies since the first second.

    Reply : 2       18

    ANTON Monday, 24 July 2017 11:29


    Reply : 2       20

    Anja Monday, 24 July 2017 11:32

    Only high advanced technical words no works even remove the garbage via DM Android App

    Reply : 1       16

    BuffaloaCitizen Monday, 24 July 2017 11:51

    It depends on how each individual decides to use an element according to his ethics, culture, principles, discipline and human qualities....whether it is Facebook, Twitter, Mobile camera phone, alcohol, cigarettes, religion, job and even his family.

    Reply : 1       14

    ANTON Monday, 24 July 2017 12:16


    Reply : 1       13

    ice4083 Monday, 24 July 2017 13:56

    a less stupid question to ask - can you put a fence around the ocean?

    Reply : 1       15

    Harry Friday, 28 July 2017 13:12

    ice - it could be possible, but not around the raw mouths of political goons

    Reply : 0       0

    Nimal Monday, 24 July 2017 14:07

    It is better to ask this question from the younger generation, as you do not have a grasp of anything in today's society.

    Reply : 1       14

    John Fernando Monday, 24 July 2017 14:39

    Not a chance sir, You have to spend a lot of money in the process..but the smart IT kids know how to get through internet is a very common simple thing sir.Anyway best of luck sir.

    Reply : 0       5

    Ahmed Monday, 24 July 2017 14:44

    only talks no action

    Reply : 1       5

    KUMAR Monday, 24 July 2017 15:22

    even during MaRa,time he didn't do it or try.looks like begging of the END for Yahapalanaya.Only question is Den Sepada?

    Reply : 4       10

    ceylon Monday, 24 July 2017 16:15

    first need to regulate media talking about your works such as protecting and helping theives. via DM Android App

    Reply : 3       6

    dhamapala Monday, 24 July 2017 21:02

    mr Ranil you not fit for the politics you can talk but not a good democratic minister ,your uncle same like you mr J R, FOX,

    Reply : 3       2

    Kadiya Tuesday, 25 July 2017 07:02

    The better question is 'Is it okay to bite on a strychnine capsule'"?

    Reply : 0       1

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