03 July 2012
Sri Lanka’s Minister of Media and Information, Keheliya Rambukwella has told Sinhala paper Divaina that the government is planning to ban all websites that ‘sling mud’ at the government.
Rambukwella said the ban will come into effect during the next few days and steps to block the websites had already been taken.
The minister also said there is a conspiracy to tarnish Sri Lanka's image, the Daily Mirror reported.
Rambukwella denied that any of the refugee boats that arrived in Australia recently, originated from Sri Lanka.
“There was a lot of misleading information being disseminated recently implicating Sri Lanka as the originating point for asylum seekers. This is only hyped up information with no truth in it.
"Obviously there is an element of doubt regarding these allegations, people with vested interest seem to have their own agendas of tarnishing the name of the country.
“There were no Lankans in the recent boat controversies, but the country’s name was planted in initially, to meet ulterior motives of some elements,” he said.
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