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* Sri Lanka Marxist party's claim on blocking online petition is proven a lie
Tue, Mar 2, 2010, 11:56 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 02, Colombo: The allegation made by Marxist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna parliamentarian Vijitha Herath against the government that online signature campaign launched yesterday to seek the release of detained General Sarath Fonseka has been hacked or blocked is a total lie, a news report said.

The JVP MP accused the Director General of the Telecom Regulatory Commission Anusha Pelpita of deactivating the web site which includes the online petition launched yesterday by the Democratic National Alliance (DNA), the alliance formed by the JVP with defeated presidential candidate General Sarath Fonseka' New Democratic Front (NDF) to contest the upcoming parliamentary elections.

According to an investigative report by the Sinhalaya News Agency, the website at www.freesarathfonseka.com hosted in a server at Hopkinsville in the state of Kentucky, USA cannot be accessed from anywhere else either. In the US the site gives a "503 Error-Service Unavailable" message.

The report points out that the Director General of the Sri Lankan Telecom Regulatory Commission can block the site only within Sri Lanka by restricting the access of the Internet Service Providers (ISP) located in Sri Lanka. However the worldwide unavailability points to a problem with the hosting site and the administrators.

The report advised the JVP MP to seek "proper technical advice, than bluntly accusing anybody and everybody."

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