The United States Embassy in Sri Lanka is closely following the case of the Sri Lanka Mirror and Lankaxnews, including the arrest of nine individuals associated with those websites.

We have raised on several occasions our deep concern over efforts to suppress independent news media, including the blocking of news websites, intimidation, and disappearances of journalists.

The United States believes that an uncensored and independent media available to all citizens is an indispensable part of any vibrant democracy and we call for an end to the harassment of these and all other journalists.

Christopher Teal

Director, American Center

US Embassy Sri Lanka

94 11 249-8144

http://srilanka.usembassy.gov/