FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION SRI LANKA

For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya

Government use court to ban LankaENews

2011-04-28
† †Pugoda Magistrate and Additional District Judge Mr. Aravinda Perera today ordered the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission to take measures to ban LankaeNews website in Sri Lanka.

The magistrate made the order when the case against LanaeNews journalist Mr. Shantha Wijesuriya was taken for the hearing. The ban will be in force until the case against the website in Pugoda magistrate court come to a conclusion.

The magistrate also ordered Mr. Wijesuriya be remanded until 12th May. He was arrested on charges of contempt of court by publishing a report on a case being heard in the Pugoda court.
A UNP MP told LankaNewsWeb that the Rajapaksa regime has used the court to ban the opular website to prevent LankaeNews publishing UN Secretary-Generalís Advisory Panel report for Sinhala speaking people.

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