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The director-general of the Media Centre for National Security (MCNS), Lakshman Hulugalle today instructed news agencies that issue news alerts over mobile phone to obtain approval before they send out news relating to national security, the security forces or the police.

In a letter to all media outlets, Mr. Hulugalle said the directive would be ‘effective immediately’.

“I have been instructed to inform you that any news relating to national security, the security forces or the police should get prior approval from the MCNS before dissemination,” he said.

When asked whether the rule was a form of media censorship, Mr. Hulugalle said it wasn’t and that there were no restrictions.

“There is no censorship nor any restriction at all. We just want to know the contents that relate to security matters before they are sent,” he told Daily Mirror.
Last November, the government instructed news websites to register with the Media Ministry.

  Comments - 24

  • Just Another Citizen Tuesday, 13 March 2012 02:27 AM

    This happens to all types of news broadcast, that is why they call it 'Breaking News' where they report what has happened. After that they let you know what the cause was. Common sense.

    Mifaz Tuesday, 13 March 2012 09:58 AM

    We can see how reliable this govt. is..

    anura Tuesday, 13 March 2012 09:07 AM

    No free media. 'The More Crazy' people control them all.

    nikitanikita Tuesday, 13 March 2012 09:03 AM

    yes good thought as this particulate sms ruins the whole year

    Renuka Mendis Tuesday, 13 March 2012 09:01 AM

    Move to let white vans and drug dealers off the hook .

    Paranoid Tuesday, 13 March 2012 08:06 AM

    Mass scale SMS messages overloading SMS scanners.

    Imran Hussein Tuesday, 13 March 2012 05:59 AM

    Why this panic? Expecting something worse perhaps?

    SOMA SUNDARAM Tuesday, 13 March 2012 05:48 AM

    Yes that is good ,,,,,

    kondebendapucheena Tuesday, 13 March 2012 05:34 AM

    every damn unimportant things you get sms ,it is news giving by force ,very good move

    iamsome1 Tuesday, 13 March 2012 05:15 AM

    really good one

    Amerasekara Tuesday, 13 March 2012 04:38 AM

    By the time it get approval, it will be few days old news.

    Kaluwa Tuesday, 13 March 2012 03:00 AM

    Good one!

    josh Monday, 12 March 2012 04:30 PM

    lolz.. media censorship with a different name..

    Just Another Citizen Tuesday, 13 March 2012 02:25 AM

    So if there is no censorship, then there is no threat. They should subscribe too then they can find out whats happening.

    ss kuragama Tuesday, 13 March 2012 01:42 AM

    This move is good. Last 11th we got a SMS regarding 3 Amy bodies were found in Kilinochchi. After 1 minutes we got another SMS saying that's a personal dispute.
    At that time every body was panic thinking that the LTTE killing squids has started their work again.
    So please dont put every thing to politics.

    C.K. Lankaputhra Tuesday, 13 March 2012 01:30 AM

    Freedom, Freedom, five star freedom

    lankashantha Tuesday, 13 March 2012 12:27 AM

    After getting all these permissions from top people and when we get it, it is not a breaking news

    Jagath Monday, 12 March 2012 06:20 PM

    Too late to close the stable door now. Everyone has seen the horse bolting.

    Bala Monday, 12 March 2012 06:14 PM

    Move to protect SL police from been exposed..

    Rosh Monday, 12 March 2012 05:22 PM

    If his sole purpose of applying such is to just get to know what the news alert is, then ask him to subscribe to those news providers, and he too will be informed vis SMS alerts. This act is fishy. May be after those white van buggers got caught and covert operations surfaced...

    Sentoran Monday, 12 March 2012 05:19 PM

    In case Tsunami is going to hit us, we may get the alert once the devastation is done. Getting approval before sending an alert is called media freedom in SL. God bless us :)

    Sentoran Monday, 12 March 2012 05:16 PM

    In case tsunami is hitting us we may get the alert once the devastation is done. You require approval for media freedom?? Kidding me !!

    Izmy Monday, 12 March 2012 04:52 PM

    Yes there no censorship in this wonder of Asia because most medias know the consequences that they will face if the truth is publised.Even the white van incident at Kolonnawa only one tv channel had the guts to give the story ,and some call them as News welin first were dumb.

    Flash Gordon Monday, 12 March 2012 04:58 PM

    Stop those unwanted one I get on New Year Day.

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