27 May, 2022


UNP Urges Rambukwella To Unblock Colombo Telegraph

A key member of the Opposition United National Party on Friday urged Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella to unblock Colombo Telegraph, claiming that it gives views of a broad section of society and not news.

UNP MP Dr Harsha de Silva has made this request during his speech in parliament on the budget. He said that the curb on media freedom has resulted in several websites being used to promote news and views.

Earlier in the day, Media Minister Rambukwella denied there were attempts by the government to curb media freedom in Sri Lanka. Another UNP MP Sujeewa Senasinghe said that several journalists have been forced to flee the country out of fear.

Harsha De Silva Colombo telegraph

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October 26, 2012 – Colombo Telegraph Was Hacked

August 9, 2012 ColomboTelegraph Password Cracking Attempt Blocked

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  • 1

    Sobitha Thero is in Hospital. UNP which has been utilizing him to promote one Party (UNP) Common Candidate has to check at the hospital and report at CT if this Thero has become Muslim too. He met the Royal Government and lied without hesitation that he didn’t. Time for start to preach Mahanama Kuran.

  • 4

    RE” UNP Urges Rambukwella To Unblock Colombo Telegraph

    Then Rabukwella and Mahinda Rakapaksa and their shills and whitewashes will ve exposed, and they will nbe naked.

    The Emperor has no clothes.

    • 2

      Dear Common Opposition Candidates out there,

      Have a Pamphlet Called Common Sense Pamphlet to Remove Mr. Rajapaksa

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      The American Revolution (HIST 116)

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        RE” UNP Urges Rambukwella To Unblock Colombo Telegraph

        Why nor urge the writers to write common sense pamphlet and distribute it,

        CT can put the contents on the Web.

        When Thomas Paine Wrote the Common Sense pamphlet in 1776, and it sold 120,000 copies, and the Population of the 13 Colonies was 2.4 Million.
        So, 5% of the populace bought a copy, 1 in 20,

        In Sri Lanka, the Population is 290 million and 5% of the population is 1 million.

        So, why is that no writer is writing the Sri Lankan version of Common Sense? I.Q.?

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