Sri Lankan Parliament votes to debate controversial online safety bill

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s Parliament on Tuesday voted to go ahead with a scheduled debate on a controversial Online Safety Bill that critics say will stifle freedom of speech.

Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena had called for a vote to decide if the two-day debate should proceed.

Out of 225 legislators, 83 voted in favour of holding the debate while 50 voted against it.

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