Concerns raised over banning Lanka e News

2017-11-10 19:48:21

Several international and local media movements had condemned the government’s decision to ban the news portal Lanka e News (LeN) stating the action a threat to sustaining media freedom.

In a letter sent to President Maithripala Sirisena, the Young Journalists' Association (YJA) had raised concerns about the blockage of the news portal Lanka e News (LeN) due to its critical reporting.

YJA President Tharindu Uduwaragedara stated that during the time of the past regime LeN was once set on fire, restricting access and a court case was against three of its journalists.

Uduwaragedara said that to date justice had not been served with regards to these atrocities.

Therefore, he had requested the President to remove the ban on the LeN immediately and to appoint a committee to probe the incidents of suppression carried out against journalists in this country.

In another development in a tweet the Committee to Protect Journalists-Asia (CPJ Asia) had also condemned the action by the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (TRC) to impose a ban on LeN. “CPJ is concerned about reports that the news site Lanka E News has been blocked in Sri Lanka because of its critical reporting. This is a violation of press freedom and access to the website should be restored immediately,” it said in its twitter account.

Meanwhile, tweeting over the matter the Free Media Movement (FMM) had urged the Government to stop practising informal censorship by obstructing technical access to Lanka E-news Website.

In a statement, the Ceylon Teachers’ Association (CTU) had strongly condemned the ban imposed on LeN and said it was clear that the action was a result of it criticising the government.

It also said banning the LeN was an anti-democratic act, therefore it urged the government to release the ban and confirm the right to information of the public. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)

  Comments - 3

  • Snowy Friday, 10 November 2017 20:28

    This is a disgraceful mud sling website protecting bank robbers and has to be banned.

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    voter Monday, 13 November 2017 09:26

    I agree that sometimes their use of language is very coarse but that doesn't mean that the website has to be blocked. This is like killing the messenger but this will not solve the problem. If the politicians are clean then none would matter. But that is not the case.

    Reply : 0       1

    ceylon Friday, 10 November 2017 20:42

    criminals dont like free media. via DM Android App

    Reply : 9       74

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