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Sri Lanka citizens’ free to read ‘Frontline’ magazine

COLOMBO (EconomyNext) – Sri Lanka’s new leaders had not taken away the freedom of citizens to read India’s Frontline magazine, with authorities being ordered to release an issue held at the border, according to a statement.

A statement from Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister’s office said Customs authorities had held up the magazine which contained a reprint of an interview with the leader of Tamil Tiger separatists, originally conducted in 1987.

Prime Minister Wickramasinghe had ordered the magazine to be released as there was no threat to national security, a statement from his office said.

In the recent years Sri Lanka’s rulers had blocked websites and some issues of magazines such as The Economist, which are read by everyone else outside the country.

The new administration had ordered telecom firms not to block the websites. There was no law for telecom firms to block websites.


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