Sri Lanka to end net censorship, giving freedom to citizens: Rajitha

COLOMBO (EconomyNext) – Sri Lanka will end net censorship soon allowing citizens to freely view websites blocked by the Rajapaksa regime, a key figure in the island’s new administration said.

Former fisheries minister Rajitha Senaratne who quit the regime with current President Maithripala Sirisena to defeat Mahinda Rajapaksa in Thursday’s polls said all blocked websites will be freed shortly.

As late as last week state-run Mobitel appeared to have blocked www.infolanka.com/news, a content aggregator specializing in Sri Lanka related news, journalists told Senaratne.

"All the websites will be freed," he said.

Senaratne invited journalists in exile to come back and write including against the new administration, after getting their facts.

The Rajapaksa regime first began net censorship targeting erotic websites which had the backing of mainstream media, and swiftly moved onto news censorship.

All new regimes in Sri Lanka enjoy what journalists call a ‘honeymoon’ period before they turn authoritarian and act like European fascist-nationalist states.