Sri Lanka shuts main opposition news websites

COLOMBO - Sri Lankan police on Friday shut down opposition news websites, accusing them of carrying "false and vulgar reports", months after imposing censorship on news alerts issued by mobile phone companies.



By (AFP)

Published: Fri 29 Jun 2012, 10:10 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 11:46 AM

Seven media organisations, including the Sri Lanka Working Journalists Association, condemned the closure of the Lanka Mirror and Lanka X News offices located within the same building in Colombo.

"A group of 25 officers from the police Criminal Investigation Department sealed the offices and nine employees were arrested," the media organisations said in a joint statement. "We condemn this deadly assault on media freedom."

The Sri Lankan defence ministry said the news organisations were shut down after officials obtained a court order to carry out searches and seize equipment.


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