US concerned over blocking of websites

US concerned over blocking of websites

Colombo : Sri Lanka | Nov 02, 2011 at 7:06 PM PDT
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Colombo, November 3, 2011

‘Freedom of expression, including unfettered access to Internet news websites, is a basic right which must be respected', the US embassy in Colombo said yesterday in a statement.

The embassy expressed concern over blocking of anti-government websites in Sri Lanka. It called on the country's government to stop disturbing free access to all legitimate media websites.

‘While the embassy does not endorse the views of any media outlet, the United States believes that a free and independent media is vital to ensuring the health and continuation of any democracy', the statement further said.

Concern has been expressed in many circles over the years regarding attempts at curbing free flow of news by Sri Lanka authorities.

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Senaratne is based in Colombo, Colombo, Sri Lanka, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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