Legal action on some websites

The government is to file legal action against some websites which published defamatory articles on the Sri Lankan President and his family.

Media Minister  Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena told reporters today that he had submitted a report to President Mahinda Rajapaksa regarding websites which continuously target the President .

Yapa said that while Sri Lankan newspapers and the electronic media can be monitored and approached for clarifications, it is difficult to do the same on the various websites which publish articles on Sri Lanka from unknown locations both in Sri Lanka and overseas.

He said that these websites which are not registered with the Media Ministry violate media ethics and the media culture.

The government had recently requested news websites operating in Sri Lanka to register with the government.

However of the 100 applications received only 50 were registered as the rest had failed to meet the stipulated requirements, the government said.

Yapa said that appropriate action will be taken against the websites which have an agenda at tarnishing the image of the President and subsequently legal action will also be considered.

Meanwhile Yapa also condemned the actions of fellow government Minister Minister Mervyn Silva who had said recently that he will break the limbs of some journalists and human rights activists.

Yapa said that the government does not endorse the Minister’s comments.


(Report by Indika Sri Aravinda)