March 26, 2008

Yemen Blocks Blogs

I have a tee shirt that says, "Ali Saleh is scared of a blog." And apparently he really is.

In a rather Stalinist reaction to growing civil unrest (a half million people demonstrated in South Yemen on Monday), Yemen blocked 1126 Yemeni blogs by blocking the hosting platform Matoob.

A variety of online newspapers and opinion sites were previously blocked. However the administrators of the Yemen specific news aggregator YemenPortal.org have devised a web-based SSL proxy for web sites in Yemen banned for social, political or religious reasons.

My article on internet censorship appeared at the Yemen Times earlier this month.

By Jane at 09:55 AM | Comments |