Freedom of the Net in Lanka in 2014 evaluated by “Freedom House”

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KEY DEVELOPMENTS IN Summary: May 2013 – May 2014

• In March 2014, the information ministry formed a committee to regulate social media, shortly after President Rajapaksa dubbed them a “disease;” the scope of its activities remains unclear (see Limits on Content).
• The Colombo Telegraph website was repeatedly inaccessible, continuing a trend of pressure on online news outlets (see
Limits on Content).
• Incidents of violence and harassment against internet users declined, though traditional journalists met with increased intimidation (see Violations).

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