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No new regulations for news websites: TRC

No new regulations for news websites: TRC

2011 May 02

The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) said yesterday it would not impose new regulations on news websites despite recent reports to that effect.

Media reports had said that the TRC would introduce new regulations for news websites in the wake of a court directive to the TRC asking it to temporarily suspend the Lanka e News website until ongoing court proceedings involving the website were completed.

“The TRC does not intend introducing new regulations for news websites or any other websites and will do so only on a court directive,” TRC Director General Anusha Palpita said. He said only the Mass Media and Communications Ministry has the authority to introduce regulations for local news websites.

Lanka e News website was shut down temporarily after its journalist Shantha Wijesuriya was remanded on charges of having acted in contempt of court.

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