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Army Commander obtains order against YouTube channel under Online Safety Act

15 May 2024 05:24 pm - 10     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court today issued a conditional order preventing a YouTube channel from publishing and communicating defamatory information against Army Commander Lieutenant General Vikum Liyanage, under the newly enacted Online Safety Act.

Colombo Chief Magistrate Thilina Gamage issued a conditional order in favour of the Army Commander in terms of Section 24 (1) and Section 24 (2) of the Online Safety Act No. 09 of 2024 and directed that the order be communicated to the respondents Lanka V news-YouTube Channel and its owner Thushara Saliya Ranawaka.

The petitioner alleged that the respondents had uploaded malicious and defamatory video contents and statements against him in a manner threatening the country’s national security. 

The respondent parties were ordered to show cause under Section 24(6) of the Act. 

Senior Counsel Shiraz Noordeen appeared for the Petitioner.

  Comments - 10

  • Bryan Wednesday, 15 May 2024 05:54 PM

    Are we going to militarization of the country.

    Me Tube Wednesday, 15 May 2024 06:32 PM

    Whomsoever it can be, severe action should be taken for spreading lies, name calling etc.

    Man Friday, 17 May 2024 08:54 AM

    Why doesn't he take legal action against that if those are lies? Because the army commander deems those facts are true and accurate and can't defend. It is the conclusion.

    Viraj Wednesday, 15 May 2024 07:07 PM


    Citizens Wednesday, 15 May 2024 07:42 PM

    Good to see that some action has been taken against a utube channel. There are so many such disgusting utube channels on various people but no action has been taken to suspend any of these channels!

    Fiesta nut Wednesday, 15 May 2024 07:52 PM

    Talking about national security, after selling whole country.

    Wallapatta HORA Wednesday, 15 May 2024 10:26 PM

    @Fiesta Nut, Correct! If these jokers are concerned about national security, the first priority is to secure our borders from container loads of drugs and dangerous narcotics from entering the country.

    S.K Kumara Thursday, 16 May 2024 03:37 AM

    Online safety bill has nothing to do with safety, it has everything to do with freedom of speech and expression. No need for anyone to take any action unless guilty as exposed !!

    Onlooker Thursday, 16 May 2024 04:28 AM

    There is no smoke without fire. If most of those at the top are not corrupt, then there will be no utube and other media postings. In fact many teledramas depict the despicable behaviour and corrupt nature of politicians that people will believe anything and become immune to their corrupt behaviour. Unfortunately even the good are tarnished.

    Jude Thursday, 16 May 2024 09:11 AM

    What country's national security,!??? Easter Sunday attack, then the ever increasing crime spree islandwide, tell me exactly which part is natural security!!

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