News websites to pay registration fee and Rs.50,000 annually

Jul 12th, 2012

Sri Lankan government is planning to introduce new laws to make compulsory the registration of new news websites in Sri Lanka while a registration fee and an annual renewal fee will be charged as well, Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella stated.

Speaking at the Cabinet Briefing today (July 12), the Minister stated that a sum of Rs.100,000 will be charged for registration while an annual fee of Rs.50,000 will be charged as a renewal fee.

The Minister stated that the measure, which was approved by the cabinet, was taken to control some news websites which published slanderous content.

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