Sri Lanka’s new government has blocked www.mahinda.info, a website run by Mahinda Rajapaksa Information Centre. The website has been blocked since Friday by one of the internet service providers, Sri Lanka Mobitel, a fully-owned subsidiary of Sri Lanka Telecom.
Last January President Sirisena appointed his brother, Pallewatta Gamaralalage Kumarasinghe Sirisena as the Chairman of Sri Lanka Telecom.
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.