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RTI Reveals Lanka E News Blocked On Order from President’s Office

By Raisa Wickrematunge - Wed Apr 11, 6:58 am

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In December 2017, Groundviews received a list of 13 websites that had been blocked from 2015 onwards by the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC), via a Right to Information request. The documentation uncovered the process that goes into blocking a website in Sri Lanka. In at least four instances, the order came directly from the Presidential Secretariat, who via the Media Ministry made applications to block specific websites, often on the grounds of providing incorrect or false information about the President.

Subsequent information received by Groundviews confirms that the website Lanka E News was blocked following a complaint from the office of the President in November 2017. This information was initially denied to Groundviews on national security grounds, but has since been released following an appeal to the RTI Commission.

The following were the questions Groundviews posed in the original RTI request.

Complaints against news websites received by TRC from January 2015 to date and identity of authorities making requests…

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