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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2059

Tamil website blocked and arrangements afoot to bring the owner to Sri Lanka

Colombo, 31 October, (Asiantribune.com):

The Telecommunication Regulatory Authority of Sri Lanka has blocked a Tamil language website over a complaint that it had carried news critical of the judiciary.

The Media Ministry had issued the order to the Telecommunication Regulatory Authority to block the website, after several complaints were lodged against the website, for allegedly carrying false information and trying to incite racial hatred, the TRC had said. However, sources believe that the order to block the website was issued subsequent to a complaint lodged by the Tamil National Alliance against the website.

The access to NewJaffna.Net from Sri Lanka has been blocked on a justice ministry order, Telecommunications Regulatory Commission said.

The website had reportedly been critical of the Killinochchi magistrate and the High Court Judge of Jaffna.

Director Information Ranga Kalansuriya said investigation on the website would be made available soon and until then the website's access will be blocked.

Both, the Ministry of Media and Ministry of Defence are carrying out investigations, and following the completion of the investigation, a decision will be taken whether to continue the ban on the website or to lift it.

It is learnt that the addresses given in the alleged website said to be evasive and not authentic, as it is said from Jaffna Road, Jaffna from Germany and run by a dummy person.

But it is believed that it is being updated from Oslo, Norway and authorities in Sri Lanka are considering ways to bring to Sri Lanka the said person who update the website from Oslo, with help of Interpol for necessary legal action.

- Asian Tribune -

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