Sri Lankan Web sites blocked amid election

January 26, 2010 12:26 PM ET

We issued this statement today after journalists in Sri Lanka told CPJ that access to several independent Web sites had been blocked as the country finished voting in presidential elections...

“Reports that several English and Sinhalese-language independent Web sites have been blocked are alarming,” said Bob Dietz, CPJ’s Asia program coordinator. “The Independent Election Commission and the Sri Lankan government must act immediately to make sure there are no restrictions on the media — broadcast, print, or digital — as presidential vote counting goes ahead.”

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