COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Media groups say Sri Lankan authorities have blocked access to two independent news websites in the latest crackdown on the media.

Professional Web Journalists’ Association convener Freddy Gamage says and were blocked by the authorities who have so far blocked eight news websites.

He said it was done “without any legal basis.”

Kelum Shivantha, editor of says he has been told by Internet service providers that the blocking was done on a directive by the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission.

TRC director general Anusha Palpita declined to comment.

In 2012, police raided and sealed off the Sri Lanka Mirror’s office and arrested nine workers and seized computers and documents.

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