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Sri Lanka shuts down war-time propaganda centre

Published on Dec 3, 2013 12:29 AM

COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lanka said on Monday it was shutting down its propaganda centre which distributed information to the media during the separatist war, four years after the end of the conflict.

"The ministry of defence has decided to disband the centre," spokesman for the president, Mohan Samaranayake, said, without giving a reason or any details.

The Media Centre for National Security was set up in 2006 and released information about the military's final campaign which crushed rebels fighting for a separate homeland for ethnic minority Tamils in 2009.

More recently, the centre has functioned as the publicity wing of the ministry of defence.

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