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For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya

Sri Lanka blocks over 100 porn websites

AFP

COLOMBO (AFP) Sri Lanka has blocked over 100 porn websites that allegedly feature local men and women, the government said Thursday, in its biggest yet Internet censorship move.

The Sri Lankan Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) has been asked to prevent users in the country accessing some 107 adult websites, the government information department said.

The move followed complaints heard at Colombo’s Juvenile Court that children had free access to the websites, which featured Sri Lankan men and women.

Other adult sites featuring non-Sri Lankans will remain available, however.

In July last year, the TRC blocked 12 other porn websites, including redtube.com, an adult content sharing portal.

Sri Lanka already maintains an unofficial ban on websites of dissidents by getting local Internet service providers to block access to those portals. However, users can still access those sites by using proxy servers abroad.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100826/wl_sthasia_afp/srilankatelecominternetpornographycensorship

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