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By Haris Afzal on Monday, January 31, 2011 with 0 comments

News website offices torched in S. Lanka
COLOMBO: Unidentified attackers in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo set ablaze the offices of an anti-establishment news website on Monday.

The lankaenews.com premises were torched in a pre-dawn attack but there were no reports of casualties, a police officer at the scene told.

Monday's attack appeared similar to the July burning of a private television station, Siyatha, in Colombo.

In January 2009, another independent television station, Maharaja Television, was bombed by an unidentified group of people.

A spokesman for President Mahinda Rajapakse's office said he had ordered police to carry out a thorough investigation.

"A group of unknown personnel had broken into the premises and set it on fire. By now everything that was inside the building has been destroyed," Lanka E-News said in a posting on its website.

A total of 17 journalists and media employees have been killed in Sri Lanka in the past decade and many local reporters exercise self-censorship to avoid confrontations with the authorities, according to rights groups.
   

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