In a surprising move, the President Mahinda Rajapaksa inquired from the Chairman Telecommunications Regulatory Commission Anusha Palpita about the blocking of www.colombotelegraph.com, the Colombo Telegraph reliably learns.
It is understood that Palpita deliberately lied to the President saying that Colombo Telegraph published personal attacks on high ranking members of the Government including the President. Colombo Telegraph challenges Palpita to cite instances where articles published on Colombo Telegraph contains ‘personal attacks’ on such individuals.
History of Colombo Telegraph blocking
First -December 26, 2011 – We are blocked but we will not be stopped
Second – May 8, 2012 – Colombo Telegraph Blocked Again
Fourth – August 23, 2013 – Colombo Telegraph Blocked, How To Reach Us Now: Sri Lanka Telecom And Mobitel Joins The DPI Club!