The United National Party used its one hour discussion with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay to brief her at length about the media freedom and freedom of expression issues in the country, party members said adding that they had utilized their time with the visiting Envoy to raise issues of internet censorship including the recent block on the Colombo Telegraph website.
Pillay held talks with a delegation of the UNP at Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe‘s residence this afternoon.
“We spoke at length about media freedom issues during the meeting” Wickremesinghe told the media after his discussion.
Former UNP Deputy Leader Karu Jayasuriya said the party had raised problems facing Sri Lanka’s democracy especially with regard to attacks on the independent media.
He said the delegation raised recent incidents of violence and suppression of the media, and added that the Colombo Telegraph censorship on Sri Lankan internet service providers had also been mentioned during the talks. The UN High Commissioner had taken note of the issue, UNP officials said.