Direction to register websites with Ministry of Mass Media and Information

A letter to Prof. A Ariyarathna Athugala, Director General of Government Information by Mangala Samaraweera,Member of Parliament, Head of the United National Party Communication Division, United National Party

| by Mangala Samaraweera

(December 01, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) I wish to inform you that I am a member of the Parliament representing the United National Party and I am the Head of the United National Party Communication Division. I wish to inform you that the aforesaid website namely www.lankawaynews.com is the official website of the United National Party Communication Division.
I wish to inform you that to my surprise on 5th November 2011 the access to the aforesaid website had been blocked. I wish to inform you that when attempts were made to access the said website, a message received indicating that the access was denied and that the reason for the denial of access could be due to a pending court matter. However I wish to inform you that there is no pending case against the said website as yet and it is well known to me since I am the Head of the United National Party Communication Division by which the said website is managed.
I wish to further inform you that on the very same day, on which the access to the aforesaid website was blocked, you issued a press release and in the said press release inter alia requested websites carrying any content relating to Sri Lanka or the people of Sri Lanka to communicate with the Ministry of Mass Media and Information and to register their accreditation at their earliest. However I am of the view that there are no legal provisions in Sri Lanka to register websites and therefore I urge you to inform me of the relevant legal provisions enabling the Ministry of Mass Media and Information to require the websites carrying any content relating to Sri Lanka or the people of Sri Lanka to be registered with the said ministry.

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