1/30/2010

Newspaper sealed in Sri Lanka

(January 30, Colombo - Lanka Polity)  Sri Lanka government under the President Mahinda Rajapaksa who was swept to the office for the second term with an overwhelming majority sealed an opposition newspaper office today.

Criminal Investigation Department (CID), said to have taken a court order to enter the newspaper office, sealed the office and a journalist attached to the newspaper meanwhile said that CID officials at the scene had said to Daily Mirror that the premises were being sealed off because an article published by the newspaper posed a threat to national security.

Lanka Truth, a sister website of Lanka newspaper said that the officials said they took the steps on powers they have been bestowed with under Prevention of Terrorism Act.

President's brother and Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said to The Divaina Sinhala newspaper yesterday that an article published in Lanka insulted him.

The editor of the newspaper Chandana Sirimalwatta was arrested by CID yesterday when he reported to give a statement on the request of the CID.

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