The pro-LTTE website www.tamilnet.com, which used to be a major source of news about the war-affected and Tamil-speaking North and East of Sri Lanka, has been inaccessible in the island for a number of days.
A news story put out by the website on Tuesday said that the Sri Lankan government had asked local service providers to block it. It quoted unnamed Sri Lankan service providers as saying that they had had directives from "higher authorities" in this regard.
"The timing of the act strangely coincides with the scheduled visit of the representatives of the Reporters Sans Frontieres (RSF) and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) to Jaffna," it pointed out.
"With this unprecedented move, Colombo has denied the public of Sri Lanka access to independent North-East news, development related news and (Tamil) Diaspora opinion which are not otherwise covered by the local media," the Tamilnet said.