HRC Summoned to TRC over Social Media Ban, in Sri Lanka
Updated: 04:42 GMT, Mar 12, 2018 | Published: 03:58 GMT, Mar 11, 2018 |
The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka Summoned to the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka over the temporary ban imposed on social media throughout the island last week.
Adressing to the Media brief at the foreign correspondent association in Colombo yesterday, Sports Minister Dayasisri Jayasekara said that, although according to law, this was considered a human rights violation, the Government had taken the decision in order to curb the spread of false and malicious news as this had triggered the situation to spiral out of control.
“Actually when social media platforms such as Facebook and Whatsapp was blocked for three days, the TRC had to appear before the Human Rights Commission. But state security was important than anything else and we are glad the situation is now returning to normal,” Jayasekara said.