I’ve been trying to track down more info on this Gayan Rajapakse chap all day. I’ve got nothing solid, so please let me know. There are two reports, one that he was remanded in Matale for insulting the Rajapakses, one that he had threatened them. I can’t find the post or any corroboration. This is unique in that he was arrested for ‘web comments’. I honestly don’t know what he said or how indefensible/defensible it is, but it is chilling that he was remanded for web comments. Either way, jail sucks and I’m trying to track the kid down.
Not that the web has been untouched. A distant relative of mine is the editor of a Sirasa (MTV) website, the name of which I’ve forgotten. He was stabbed. Websites are not immune but this is the first time, I think, that someone’s been arrested for ‘web comments’. Now, I don’t know Gayan Rajapakse. I’ve heard of someone by that name being involved with Sinhala Unicode. I don’t know the site in question, nor the comments discussed. I say ‘Blogger Arrested?’ with a question mark because I don’t know. I’m not even sure if he is a blogger.
I do know that he’s a fellow web denizen of some sort and right now he’s in remand. Which sucks. I’ve been asking around but I can’t get any connection to him or his family. If you know of something or any more information please email me (email@example.com). It is not good to be alone at these times and we web people should maybe stick together at times like these. Again, I’m not commenting on the case at hand because I don’t know. I’m just trying to find out.