What lies beneath, ban imposed to the News web sites and social media

Saturday, 21 April 2018

President Sirisena who was in London to attend the commonwealth state leaders’ conference SL high commission in Britain arranged a meeting on the 17th April for the Sri Lankans residing in Britain. The statements made by Sri Lankan president and his recent movements is speculated questioned in many platforms.

President Sirisena addressing the smallest crowd ever in the history at the such meetings attended, He stated, that during the recent communal unrest in Kandy, more than the truth, rumors speeded,  Further he said, ‘I ordered a state of emergency, army was deployed and social media was blocked and the government took immediate measures to bring the situation under control. Some of ambassadors had a problem with the decision we made and they exceeded their limits and criticized our actions, we were not afraid’

It is undisputed fact that being commander in chief President Sirisena failed to establish the law and order of the county for 7 days but mare banned social media. Further, even before heal the wounds of Muslim community president Sirisena participated few  official meeting in Japan presence of Buddhist monk Galabodaatte Gnanasara. There he remarked that, government revenue had increased in the absence of social media. More ever 28th March President Sirisena cited UN  too  praised  his move to ban social media. Nevertheless it is worth to note Presidents Sirisena’s act and statements are trust deficient and  virtual threat to the right to freedom of opinion and  expression.

We, National movements of web Journalists – Sri Lanka Not only voiced against ban on social media also disclosed the hidden agenda to impose restriction on web journalism. Last 3 years two popular news web sites banned under the direct instruction of President secretariat. Lanka e news, the most popular political page having  two million viewers  and Lanka news web today which reputed on investigative reporting was blocked. It is obvious these news web sites have nothing to do with communal unrest.  Now it is crystal clear Kandy communal unrest is inside job and ban on social media is pre planned. Dear citizens and diplomats,this is what a better way  to kill two birds with in one stone ?

Although President Sirisena, henchman and lickspittles trying to justify ban on Social media and blockage  of  news web sites is hoodwink. Obviously it is a part of their cheap survival game. It seems president Sirisena turning in to executioner of social media and political web pages . It is unequivocal fact that web journalism has always contributed immensely when whipping up opinion and still doing that. Henceforth  we voice for the legitimate rights of the  web journalism and  social media. We hereby record our bitter opposition to the ban imposed on social media and news web sites also proposed restriction on media what so ever.

Dumidu Dissanayake,


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