Blogger arrested in Sri Lanka for “offensive” comments regarding President and Defense Secretary?

The Daily Mirror web edition carries a story about a youth arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department and remanded till the 6th of November by the Matale Magistrate. The crime? Making “offensive” comments regarding the President and the Secretary of Defense on the web.

The newspaper has no further information on the individual, the nature of the “offensive” comments, or the language and location in which they were published.

The disturbing transition from banning pornography to open web censorship seems to have been made.

Update: 2nd November 2009

The Daily Mirror now confirms that the name is Gayan Rajapakse and that he was arrested on charges of having used the internet to threaten President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. Again, no further information on the nature of the threat, or at which location it was published, and why this threat was taken more seriously than others which can be found on the web.

2 comments on “Blogger arrested in Sri Lanka for “offensive” comments regarding President and Defense Secretary?

  1. Sanjana Hattotuwa
    November 1, 2009 at 8:13 pm #

    Heard from source that the bloggers name is Gayan Rajapaksha, New Road, Alauwa.

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