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    The BBC World Service is to stop providing radio news to Sri Lanka's state broadcaster because of what it calls "deliberate interference." A statement said FM broadcasts to the Sri Lankan Broadcasting Corporation would be suspended from Feb. 10. The BBC said many of its news reports in Sinhala, Tamil and English had been blocked or only partially broadcast. The SLBC chairman admitted censoring BBC programming, saying he had a duty to do so at a time of war. The BBC move follows allegations that press freedoms are being eroded in Sri Lanka as fighting intensifies between troops and Tamil Tiger rebels. (BBC)

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