14 August, 2020

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Mahinda’s Website Unblocked; Mobitel Says TRC Ordered Blockade

Mobitel a fully owned subsidiary of Sri Lanka Telecom and headed by President Maithripala Sirisena’s brother Pallewatta Gamaralalage Kumarasinghe Sirisena, unblocked the website www.mahinda.info belonging to the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa that Mobitel had blocked earlier last Friday.

The website is run by the Mahinda Rajapaksa Information Center.

Sources close to the newly appointed Telecommunications Minister Harin Fernando said that the Minister had received a colossal number of calls yesterday regarding this blockage. Colombo Telegraph is unaware if the Minister intervened to have the website unblocked. The website’s blockage was removed late last night around 8. 15, shortly after the Minister was informed. However Colombo Telegraph failed to obtain a quote from Minister Fernando as several calls made to him proved to be futile.

Meanwhile officials from the Mahinda Rajapaksa Information Center had published a story airing their woes regarding the periodically blocking the website faced and continues to do so since last Friday; “Prior to the General Elections we were experiencing a similar problem and when we were going to take legal action regarding this matter, Mobitel then unblocked the website. However the blockade continued a few days later and then we informed the Elections Commissioner. The website was unblocked once again and again blocked. However once Colombo Telegraph carried the story yesterday, it was unblocked yet again last night.”

Yesterday officials of the Mahinda Rajapaksa Information Center called the Mobitel hotline and recorded the conversation with their call center agent.

The call center staff member of Mobitel stated that under an order received from the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission the website had been blocked.

The sound track is found below;

President Maithripala Sirisena gave a specific order to lift direct online censorship as one of his first acts in power. Websites can be “prohibited or be subject to supervision and control” under S.69 of the Sri Lanka Telecommunications Act 1991 – but only under ministerial authority, and under a publicly announced order.

No such order was made to replace the directive issued by President Sirisena in January.

Related posts;

Mobitel Blocks Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Website

Keep The Promise, Protect Internet Freedom In Sri Lanka: Worldwide Free Expression Orgs Urge Mangala

Photo – screenshot yesterday before being unblocked;

Mobitele block www.mahinda.info

 

Photo – screenshot yesterday after being unblocked;

Mobitel

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    [Edited out]

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    TIT for TAT

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      I prefer two tits.

      bah to that humbug hypocrite samuel jayaweera.

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    This should not have happened. Why should the TRC block this website? MS & RW please wake-up!

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      Pot shot – Both are awake! but they should not go to do things that they cannot hold on to it.There is nothing they held on so far, on what they promised .This shows that MR still has some political clout

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    Look who is complaining ? Shameless bugger !

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      If your parents dead at a LTTE bomb blast, you would never be ashamed as you would never born.

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        Ask Lasantha’s kids, Prageeth’s kids, Thajudeen’s family, SF family and all other victims who suffered during the last 10 years, how they feel ?

        Just because you fought a terror group does not give you the right to terror your subjects and plunder the country !

        He will always be the shameless, uncivilised, uncultured, uneducated head of state we ever had in SL !!

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          Swallowed a lot of media baloney, eh? go get a life, you gullible fart.

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            How much are you paid ? May be just a laptop ! Keep up the good work !!

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          Watch what you are saying.
          MR, whatever wrongs he and his siblings, relations and friends did is overseen by the public at large. MR still was able to command a huge percentage of votes in the presidential and parliamentary elections.
          People may be foolish in voting for him but the results shows that there
          is a large number of voters who still follow him, with cult reverence.
          Yet he was a good man misguided by those near and dear to him.
          Like the great saying ” a fool and his money are soon parted”, Here it can be said that a fool and his power are soon parted.
          The sad end was that MR fell victim of his own follies and appeared like the king who lost his clothes.

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            MR was nothing but an [Edited out]

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        Kasun

        “If your parents dead at a LTTE bomb blast, you would never be ashamed as you would never born.”

        Could you translate the above typing into English, Sinhala or Tamil.

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        Please do not write rubbish.
        Comment only on the subject matter.

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    CT must find out who gave such orders to block this web site or for that matter any website. You must probe more and find out whose order was being followed. Media should be free even though we know all what Mahinda and co have to say are utter lies.

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    ugh……….Mahinda this Mahinda that..can we leave him aside and move one….he is just an MP now and should not be given too much prominence.. A LOT of things happen to Average Joes..of SL..is all that made a big issue of? NO! so let him be irralevent…
    We have much more important things at hand to care for that being informed of someones website..IS this news worthy? CT? I bet not….

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    Chairman TRC is President MS’s brother; this should not be held against him. He may be a decent man but he does not have the stature, competence and independence that the post requires. MS and MR are still afraid to appoint persons of this caliber (with a few exceptions) because they feel insecure and prefer YES-men – not as bad as MR times of course when it was not pliable appointees but poodles who were put in place.

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      But Howcome MR able to appoint election commisioner

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    It is high time CT ignored the travails and the hardships of the Rajapakshe clan. These are the scoundrels that set fire to newspaper printing offices and radio stations and indulged in the whole sale blockade of large number of websites including this one. They also used surrogates to buy newspaper and television ownership which resulted in the wholesale monopolising of ALL the media in the country. Let the Rajapakshes and their websites go rot in hell. We need to move on.

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    Are websites so powerful as to undermine government power? No wonder the past government had them blocked. It is all clear now. They had a good reason it turns out.

    Thanks TRC.

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    When Baappa went fcid the policeman saluted him. Who knows MR himself ordered the blockage and the officers abided by the order thinking MR is still the king. Its not unlikely

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      Still hallucinating, eh? [Edited out]

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    Page not found!

    Ranil​’s Agenda In New Delhi

    Ranil​’s Agenda In New Delhi
    By R. Hariharan – Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is neither a stranger to

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    Abu – You are absolutely correct. Ranil still rules the roost and there
    is no one to oppose him among the bureaucrats due fear of revenge. This
    culture should change as MR will cry foul every time something goes against him and govt. officials will dance to his tune.

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      Abu – Sorry, correction. 1st line should read MR instead Ranil …..

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    Just shows we are getting the same medicine in a different bottle…

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    Not only you should block his cell but also remove all his civic rights in the country just like what he did to his opponents. Dirty bastard!!!

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      Totally agree ! He should taste his own medicine !!

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      Ponseka is the dirty bastard, because he betrayed the SL army by saying they shoot to LTTE who carried white flags at the final war. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oggCA19H9Oc

      Still SLA sufferting in Geneva due to that stupid statement. SF should be hang to death.

      Admin, as you approve the above comment of “Tamil from the north ” let this Sinhalese to keep his replay.

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        @Ponil, where were you hiding when SF (Ponseka) was fighting the LTTE. Where was Gota the hero of Gamay Sinhalese during the height of the war (was he in the U.S., pumping petrol into cars).

        If you commit a crime you need to pay for it. There will be no flexibility shown on that.

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    @Ponil, most Tamils don’t have a problem with the white flag LTTErs being mowed down. These are the top ranking fellows who pushed the rank and file fighters of the LTTE to fight or commit suicide and when their time came to either fight or die they ran in there with white flags. It serves them right.

    Also learn a bit of the English language before you spew your rubbish out. SF was the mastermind behind the final destruction of the LTTE and Ranil (who you call Ponil) is the initiator of the destruction of the LTTE by breaking the East and North factions of the LTTE.

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    What Happened to The Sri Lanka Telecom. Where is the Sri Lanka Telecom now, Where it has gone. Previously Sri Lanka Telecommunication System Maintained and Run by Sri Lanka Telecom.

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    Trying to justify this kind of things saying ‘Mahinda also did’ is utterly foolish. People in Sri Lanka elected MY3 because he promised to ‘CHANGE’. If these guys are doing this kind of things after promising a ‘Yaha Palanya’ it is an utter disgrace. Government should be bold enough to find out who ordered the blockade, reveal his/her name and tell the public what action taken against the person. That is how ‘Yaha Palanaya’ should prevail. We the voters are not happy with ‘words’, we want to see ‘deeds’.

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