Censorship fears rise as Iran blocks access to top websites
Robert Tait in Tehran
Monday December 4, 2006
Iran yesterday shut down access to some of the world's most popular websites. Users were unable to open popular sites including Amazon.com and YouTube following instructions to service providers to filter them.
Flynavy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (7 years 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1867 times:
Experienced some censorship in the UAE recently, too (albeit not to the degree that Iran is doing). Some sites, considered mainstream by my friends and I here in the States, were blocked because they did not reflect the "moral and ethical values" of the UAE -- the service was Etisalat.
Don't get me wrong - I love the UAE and Dubai especially. But I found it a little frustrating.
ME AVN FAN From Switzerland, joined May 2002, 13877 posts, RR: 26 Reply 5, posted (7 years 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1846 times:
Quoting Flynavy (Reply 1): Some sites, considered mainstream by my friends and I here in the States, were blocked because they did not reflect the "moral and ethical values" of the UAE -
There were some similar things in Tunisia some 5 years ago, but no longer this year. Looks as Abidine Ben Ali is liberalising things quite nicely. In 2002, some particular (mainly US-American) WEBsites were barred, and you were "encouraged to contact the Ministry of Telecommunications for permission".
ME AVN FAN From Switzerland, joined May 2002, 13877 posts, RR: 26 Reply 6, posted (7 years 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1836 times:
Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 2): Apparently nobody informed these folks that the world is now flat
sure, but please please do NOT advise them that many of their citizens find tricks to circumvent such silly things. Btw., the cargo-tracking-sector of the WEBsite of ELAL is freely accessible all over the Arab World !
Eday ? whatever, you simply have to check your WEBsite for things which may lead people to the idea you were a US-American company. In case, your WEBsite is .com, open a WEBsite with the same name but with .ch at the end and an automatic switch-over. And tell the programmer to insert words like Europe/Switzerland/Ticino/Locarno/Lugano in as many places as possible. The problem will get solved quite easily !
No, Ticinocom. I think they are blocking the actual SIP packets. We have tried telling the customers to insert the actual IP address of our SIP server in their client hardware/softphone, but the packets never arrive... they can see the actual web site, though. It's not easy to make a complete diagnosis without being there, but I don't have any plans to travel to the UAE for the moment
ME AVN FAN From Switzerland, joined May 2002, 13877 posts, RR: 26 Reply 10, posted (7 years 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1799 times:
Quoting ManuCH (Reply 8): plans to travel to the UAE for the moment
why not paying a visit to Dubai with some overnight-stays in the Burj-el-Arab paid by Ticinocom ? It might be interesting anyway. There are amazing things like the Dubai Internet City www.dubaiinternetcity.com to be visited.
Flynavy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 12, posted (7 years 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1791 times:
Additionally, Etisalat bans the Skype website. Found that out the hard way back in October. I'd been communicating with my family and friends via Skype for a majority of the time I was out of the US, only to find that the UAE bans it.
I did some research on it, only to find that they ban it because they want to preserve their telecommunications monopoly.
OU812 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 13, posted (7 years 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 1739 times:
Quoting EWRCabincrew (Reply 7):
So much for a free, liberal society where the citizens can decide for themselves what is right or wrong.
God, or Allah, forbid that people choose. Let the government do that for you instead.
What's even more disturbing is the treatment of Gays in Iran. Also, disturbing is what I witnessed watching an ABC special about Iran where they showed Iranian youth chanting " Death to America " ! This combination of Indoctrination & censorship will NOT help matters at all in the mid-east !
Gay youth hung in Iran - UPDATED
21 July, 2005 - 3:29am --- jeff
Hmm, this brings a new focus to the war that is going on. In this picture of their final moments, two teenage boys - one under 18 - were publicly hanged by the Islamo-fascist regime in Iran yesterday for being gay.