Dec 30, 2017

Remove blocks on websites - PWJA urges President Featured

The Professional Web Journalists' Association urges president Maithripala Sirisena to remove the access control imposed on several websites in Sri Lanka.

The request was made by the PWJA secretary - Kelum Shivantha during an event held at the Hilton Residencies, Colombo yesterday (29).

The event was graced by a host of distinguished guests including President Maithripala Sirisena and Minister of Finance and Mass Media - Mangala Samaraweera.

Presenting a set of proposals of the PWJA, the collective's secretary said that although an access control was imposed on 08 websites during the days of the previous regime, they were removed when the 'Good Governance' government came into power.

However, such an access control has been reimposed on several websites recently, We believe that such blocks and bans are not a practical reality in the technologically driven world we live in. Therefore, we humbly request the President to look into these and remove the blocks, he added.

Several websites operating from overseas including 'Lanka E News' have been blocked within Sri Lanka.
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Addressing the gathering, President Maithripala Sirisena expressed his regrets on not being able to meet with web journalists even though three years have elapsed since the present government swept into power.

He assured that they would be given an appointment soon to discuss their grievances.