I still get this error message.
Every government wants to control the Internet. Personally, I think they’d do better to get on the Internet themselves rather than kicking other people off, but a donkey is gonna kick. The Sri Lankan government blocked a couple critical websites in November. Now it looks like they’ll be letting srilankamirror.com back (into the country at least). It’s not quite unblocked yet. Unblocking.
Sri Lankan authorities agreed Thursday to restore access to a news website that had been blocked with four others for more than a month over alleged insults and character assassination.
The Telecommunication Regulatory Commission agreed to unblock srilankamirror.com on several conditions, including that it will not provide links to sites that are blocked or unregistered, said Saliya Pieris, counsel for the website. The site was partially available Thursday afternoon as some service providers had not yet lifted the block. (Washington Post)
I find it funny that they can’t link to the other sites. Here’s some links. I’ve included proxy links that kinda do work but may lead you into a pop-up vortex.
- www.lankaenews.com – (Proxy)
- srilankaguardian.org – (Proxy)
- paparasinews.com – (Proxy)
- www.lankawaynews.com – (Proxy)
LankaENews is honestly defamatory and scurrilous at best. I’d never heard of most of the other sites before they were blocked, but Sri Lanka Mirror always seemed an odd one out. My general position on censorship (government regulation of speech) is no, but there are legally recognized limits to speech (defamation, libel, etc) and a court process for them. The legal system is used for douchebaggery sometimes, but there is a valid moral underpinning there.
The day the government shuts down ITN or Rupavahini or the attack dogs at the Daily News and Sunday Observer, however, is the day they can righteously regulate speech. Until then I guess they can unrighteously regulate it. If they block Gossip Lanka, however, people will riot.