A weekend newspaper reports that the government has taken steps to register all websites. According to the report a discussion regarding this has been taken place last week between President Maithripala Sirisena and Telecommunication Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka.
According to reports there is a plan to bring in a censorship for websites on the pretext of preventing ‘abuse of existing media freedom’ and the President had instructed at the discussion to take immediate steps to prepare a process to regulate web sites to prevent ‘abuse of media freedom’. It is also reported that the President had instructed to prepare a process to block websites that do not get registered. The task of the websites to bring Mr. Maithripala Sirisena to power was a significant one and as soon as he came to power the ban of several websites carried out by Mahinda Rajapaksa regime was lifted.
However, Mr. Maithripala Sirisena was appreciative of the role played by websites during his election campaign and one of his election promises was to have free wi-fi everywhere in the island. Lanka e news, srilanka mirror were some of the websites that were banned during Mahinda Rajapaksa regime.