For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya
A special operations unit has commenced under the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) with the aim of controlling and banning anti-government websites. The unit has commenced following a directive by the President and the Defence Secretary with technical assistance from the Chinese government.
The government has announced that the unit has been established to combat massive financial frauds, credit card frauds, extortion, mud slinging, blackmail, publishing false information and other computer and IT related crimes.
It has been said that the unit is equipped with the technical knowledge to commence instant investigations when a complaint is received.
Although it is said the unit has been established to address a wide range of issues, the main aim of the unit is to investigate into the anti-government websites, a senior police officer from the Police Headquarters said.