CID seals two websites propagating false news
Two websites operating from a shared office in Rajagiriya to
propagate false and unethical news on Sri Lanka were sealed on a court
order by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) yesterday. The
websites continuously targetted celebrities and well- known
personalities, propagated false and unethical news and misled
international and local communities, Media Centre for National Security
Director General Lakshman Hullugalle said in a release yesterday.
As these two websites spread false news bringing disrepute to certain
individuals and shamed the country, ignoring a Supreme Court order, the
CID raided the office after a court order and began investigations. The
CID officials have found that these two websites were directly engaged
in propagating false and distorted news. Some computers and equipment
were taken over for investigations.
The Supreme Court recently decided websites operating from Sri Lanka
should be registered with responsible authorities before operating. The
prime objective of this was to identify information which could harm the
country and its people and to identify individuals behind this, the
The Media Ministry, according to the court order is registering
websites and the registration process is successfully being carried out.