Any attempt to restrict the freedom of expression goes against Buddhism, said entrepreneur chairman of Derana Media Network Dilith Jayaweera.
According to him, the international covenant on civil and political rights (ICCPR) that was made into law during the good governance regime was totally against the Buddhist philosophy.
Jayaweera was addressing a Poson function in Polonnaruwa.
Three persons are in remand custody on accusations leveled against them under the ICCPR.
Natasha Edirisuriya is accused of insulting Buddhism and SL-Vlog owner Bruno Divakara of aiding her.
A Buddhist monk, Rajanganaye Saddharatana Thera too, faces accusations under the ICCPR.
The young journalists association has also written to the IGP asking him not to use ICCPR provisions to prosecute Natasha.