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Sri Lanka to take some websites to court


09:14, March 30, 2012

COLOMBO, March 29 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka is to file legal action against some websites which published defamatory articles on the Sri Lankan president and his family, an official said Thursday.

Cabinet spokesman Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena told reporters on Thursday that he had submitted a report to President Mahinda Rajapaksa regarding websites which continuously target the president.

Abeywardena 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 Sri Lankan 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.

Abeywardena said that appropriate action will be taken against the websites which have an agenda for tarnishing the image of the president and subsequently legal action will also be considered.


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