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Friday, July 29, 2005

Dubai-based blog back in action after block is lifted

A blog (Secret Dubai Diary) was back on screens after the block imposed on July 17th was lifted last Tuesday (July 26th) by Etisalat (UAE's National Telecom & ISP). The block (ordered by the Ministry of Information in the UAE) is believed to have been imposed after a complaint over a poem satirising expat attitudes. Dubai (and regional) bloggers, however, expressed disappointment over the decision. They claimed the blog lacked controversial material. The blog owner of Secret Dubai Diary, is now back in Dubai, and today blogged her first post eversince the block was lifted by Etisalat.

The blocks being passed upon blogs in nothing new in the Gulf region after quite a number of blogs having been banned in the countries where they're based by their respective governments. In March this year, University of Bahrain had blocked access to a Bahraini blog run by an expat- Chanad from their Sakhir campus. The status of that block is still unknown at this point, however, no reasons were given by the educational institution regarding the action taken. Chanad has attributed the block to disagreement over some of his blog postings over the recent wave of demostration to sweep Bahrain in the past year.

UAE's Etisalat blocks internet sites on instructions from the Ministry of Information. However, the proxy server that prevents access to selected sites does not extend to Emaar properties or to Internet City and Media City. Secret Dubai Diary is one of over a thousand blogs, or web logs, based in the UAE. Read More ....

Source: Gulf News Online | reBlogged By: News Blog re-Blog
Filed Under: Dubai, UAE, Bahrain, Government, Threatened Blogger | Permalink

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