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The US government expressed concern over the blocking of anti-government websites in Sri Lanka.

The US Embassy in Colombo called on Sri Lankan authorities and the managements of Sri Lankan telecommunications firms to stop activities aimed at blocking free access in Sri Lanka to all legitimate media websites.

The statement came after the anti-government Lanka-e-News website was blocked.

“While the embassy does not endorse the views of any particular media outlet, the United States believes that a free and independent media is vital to ensuring the health and continuation of any democracy,” the embassy said.

“Freedom of expression, including unfettered access to Internet news websites, is a basic right which must be respected,” the statement added.
The Tamilnet website, which was previously a pro-Tamil rebel website, has been blocked for the past two and half years. (Souce:Gulf-Times)

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  • Minister Wednesday, 02 November 2011 07:51 AM

    Ha haa.We know how to see blocked ones!!

    lankan Wednesday, 02 November 2011 04:35 AM

    mind your own busines us

    Rosh Thursday, 03 November 2011 05:53 AM

    No buddy, Now the others have to mind our business as we are not allowed to look in to any business at all

    Imran Hussein Thursday, 03 November 2011 05:58 AM

    By blocking actually they are very much giving an advertistment, so the people are curious to see what it is.
    having said that, its totally against peoples rights and media ethics. Pure autocracy.

    Leela Thursday, 03 November 2011 06:34 AM

    Who wants access all the blocked sites as I do?

    Kamalanath Thursday, 03 November 2011 06:46 AM

    Could you tell us how to do it?

    das Thursday, 03 November 2011 08:29 AM

    are u happy to always believe what state media tells u?

    ronald Wednesday, 02 November 2011 03:16 PM

    Wikileaks is not blocked in the U.S !

    gamarala Wednesday, 02 November 2011 03:24 PM

    wikileaks also good site.What US talking?

    buffaloa citizen Thursday, 03 November 2011 09:27 AM

    Simple go to any proxy server site and type in the locally banned web site and you can read true facts to your hearts content and make the fellows who agree to ban these sites.

    David Wednesday, 02 November 2011 03:59 PM

    wikileak is not blocked.

    Kamalanath Thursday, 03 November 2011 09:49 AM

    Pls let us know.

    tin Wednesday, 02 November 2011 07:35 AM

    how about un-blocking Wikileaks?


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