Sri Lanka: Short story writer arrested for ‘disrespecting’ Buddhism
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A Sri Lankan man shows an image on Twitter showing that the Facebook site had been blocked in Colombo, 7 March 2018, ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images

Social media platforms including Instagram, Facebook and Whatsapp were blocked following the deadly attacks on 21 April.

A pedestrian walks past a billboard advertising a local film in the suburb of Nugegoda in Colombo, Sri Lanka, 6 May 2007, SANKA VIDANAGAMA/AFP/Getty Images

Extremists and politicians targeted a novel, radio drama and stage play for alleged blasphemy.

Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa (L) listens as Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake (unseen) presents the 2017 budget to the parliament in Colombo, 10 November 2016, ISHARA S.KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images

Politicians allied with former President Mahinda Rajapaksa publicly criticized journalists Dharisha Bastians and Arthur Wamanan for helping the New York Times investigate Rajapaksa’s financial transactions.