May 17, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has emphasized that no person shall by word of mouth or any other means whatsoever communicate, disseminate or spread any rumor or false statement that is likely to cause public alarm or discord.
The Government warns that any person acting in contravention to the above regulation is liable to be punished on conviction after trial before a High Court or Magistrate's Court with an imprisonment of three months and not exceeding five years.
Furthermore no person shall propagate war or advocate national, racial or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence.
The public are warned that any contravention of the above entails a punishment on conviction after trial before a High Court to rigorous imprisonment not exceeding ten years.
Any person who by words whether spoken or intended to be read or by signs or by visible representations or otherwise causes or intends to cause commission or acts of violence, or religious, racial or communal disharmony or feeling or ill-will or hostility between different communities or racial or religious groups shall be guilty of an offence.