Seems that Reuters has pulled out of offering SMS news alerts and information bulletins through Dialog.
Dialog is now advertising Ada Derana, from the TV station Derana, as a replacement though to date, I’ve received many SMS’s from Ada Derana asking me to await breaking news alerts, none have been forthcoming.
The last I reviewed Reuters and Sri Lanka’s first SMS based news alerts service, JasmineNewswires, was when they both reported an incident in Yala National Park.
Rumour has it that there was a question of censorship involved in Reuters decision to pull out of offering breaking news alerts through Dialog.
If true, and given that telcos in Sri Lanka covertly support the censorship of news and information, the implications are quite disturbing for mobiles as a vehicle of dialogues (no pun intended) that critique propaganda and offer alternative perspectives on war and conflict.