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Sri Lanka blocks two more websites critical of government: rights group

Published on May 22, 2014 2:22 AM
 

COLOMBO (REUTERS) - Sri Lanka blocked two more news websites critical of the government, media rights groups said on Wednesday, a move press groups see as intended to intimidate critics of President Mahinda Rajapaksa's administration.

Media rights groups said the blocking of www.srilankamirror.com and www.theindependent.lk violated basic rights guaranteed by the constitution.

The government has already blocked at least eight news websites. "We had news items criticising the government that would have been the reason for blocking our site," said Subash Jayawardene, editor of the www.theindependent.lk.

Sri Lankan authorities initially blocked news websites during and after the final phase of a 26-year war against separatists Tamil Tiger rebels, banning the rebels' main website in 2008.

 
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