US concerned over blocking of news sites
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 08:38 The US government expressed concern over the blocking of anti-government websites in Sri Lanka.
The US Embassy in Colombo called on Sri Lankan authorities and the
managements of Sri Lankan telecommunications firms to stop activities
aimed at blocking free access in Sri Lanka to all legitimate media
The statement came after the anti-government Lanka-e-News website was blocked.
"While the embassy does not endorse the views of any particular media
outlet, the United States believes that a free and independent media is
vital to ensuring the health and continuation of any democracy," the
"Freedom of expression, including unfettered access to Internet news
websites, is a basic right which must be respected," the statement
The Tamilnet website, which was previously a pro-Tamil rebel website, has been blocked for the past two and half years. (Souce:Gulf-Times)