The Telecom Regulatory Commission has officially issued instructions to mobile service providers to block Colombo Telegraph and other critical websites on its servers, with a warning that the companies are to maintain to customers that the inability to view the sites on the networks were merely ‘technical’ problems, the Colombo Telegraph can reveal today.
It is part of the TRC’s campaign to officially censor the internet, but refuse to acknowledge it is doing so.
Mobile service providers including Etisalat and Dialog have been officially notified to block Colombo Telegraph by the TRC, it is learnt.
However when customers make inquiries about the blockade, the networks have been warned not to reveal the TRC instructions but to continue to maintain that there were technical glitches with regard to viewing the sites.
Colombo Telegraph is no longer available on Dialog and Etisalat networks and is regularly blocked on SLT and Mobitel servers.
TRC Director General Anusha Palpita has repeatedly denied blocking the Colombo Telegraph and other websites, and even claims he has never heard of the sites.
technical information of the blocking can be found here.